Amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in Guwahati, videos from the COVID-19 ward of the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) surfaced on social media that raise concerns over the way COVID-19 patients are treated at the hospital.
Baijayanti Talukdar, a resident of Guwahati’s Japorigog area, took to Facebook on May 11 and shared the videos that show the poor condition of amenities and cleanliness at the hospital’s COVID-19 ward. She also describes the difficulties faced by other patients in the ward.
Talukdar alleges that she, along with her daughters, has not received any treatment from the doctors so far. This comes at a time when the second wave of COVID-19 is gradually gaining steam in Assam. Besides swamped corridors, bathrooms with no water and improper garbage disposal within the ward, the video taken by Talukdar also shows the negligence by the authorities to their condition.
“Despite being COVID-19 patients, we have been kept like cats and dogs,” the woman repeats multiple times in the video.
When EastMojo tried to contact GMCH officials, we were told that the superintendent, Dr Abhijit Sarma, had tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine. Thus, an official response from GMCH has not been possible so far.