Assam: 100 patients break out of COVID Care Centre in Kamrup; protest on NH-31
Guwahati: In a very shocking incident, at least 100 COVID-19 positive patients kept at a COVID care centre in Assam’s Kamrup district broke out of the premises and rushed to National Highway 31 blocking the movement of traffic on Thursday evening.
According to reports, the COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment at COVID Care Centre in Changsari alleged that they were not being provided with proper food and water.
Kamrup (Rural) Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kailash Kartik rushed to the spot along with several policemen to bring the situation under control. The DC requested the patients to return to the COVID Care Centre so that the issue could be resolved through discussions.
The patients being kept at the COVID Care Centre in Changsari alleged that they were not being provided with food or water and the beds were also in a very bad shape. They further alleged that 10 to 12 patients were being kept inside a single room. The DC assured them that all the issues would be looked into and taken care of at the earliest.
On being questioned by the media on allegations made by the patients in Changsari, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that if the patients are unhappy with the facility provided in COVID Care Centres then they are free to opt for home quarantine by signing the undertaking.
"We have brought them to the facility so that they can be cured and do not infect others. If they are not happy there, they can sign the undertaking and go under home quarantine," said Sarma at a press conference.
"The health workers are on duty day and night and there may have been some delay as they are overburdened, he said. "In other states, even the testing is conducted on payment but in Assam, the entire expenditure -- from testing to their stay and food -- are borne by the state government," the minister added.
In Assam, a total of 20,646 people have been so far infected with coronavirus, while 50 people have died due to the disease. As of now, 7,039 cases are active while 13,554 people have been discharged after recovering from COVID-19.