Tinsukia: As clouds of despair hover over our heads, a 91-year-old granny’s successful battle against COVID-19 scripted new inspiration in Assam on Tuesday.
Snehalata Dutta, 91, a moderate-symptomatic COVID-19 positive patient, stepped out of Mohkhuli Model Hospital CCC in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Tuesday.
“If she can defeat it, so can you,” was the message tweeted by the National Health Mission (NHM), Assam.
“As she was being discharged, Shehalata, who was called aita (grandma) out of love by the hospital team, said she wanted to stay back for a few days,” Shehalata’s son Ashish Dutta told EastMojo.
Dutta added it was the love and care meted out to her at the hospital contributed immensely to his mother’s recovery.
“When I took food for her, the doctors at the hospital politely asked me not to take the pain to bring food as the Covid Care Centre (CCC) would take care of it. It touched my heart and I was confident that my ailing mother will be back soon,” Dutta said.
“Presently, aita is doing good, though she has little cough and weakness.”
However, getting his aged mother admission into the COVID hospital was not so easy for Ashish.
Dutta, who owns a small grocery shop at Bisfutia village under Bordubi police station, recalls the nightmare he went through to find a hospital for his mother, who started showing all symptoms of COVID-19 on May 10.
“She had fever, cough and was facing shortness of breath. I instantly called 108-ambulance but was straight away told that they cannot attend to her,” Dutta said.
Dutta then took his mother to the Bordubi CHC in his personal vehicle, where she tested positive for COVID-19.
“Now she had to be taken to Civil hospital in Tinsukia town and I called 108-ambulance again. This time I was told that it will take them at least 2-hours to reach there. So I drove her to the civil hospital.”
At the Tinsukia Civil hospital, doctors told Dutta that an attendant will have to stay at the hospital as the patient is aged.
“To my shock, they denied me a separate room, and insisted that I share the bed with my mother, a COVID-19 positive patient. I showed them my negative reports but to no effect,” alleged Dutta.
When he argued, the doctors called in the attendant of another COVID-19 positive patient as proof of the practice.
“When I did not agree and asked them to discharge my mother, the doctor said that if I bring my mother back to the hospital, they won’t re-admit her,” Dutta alleged.
That’s when Dutta he drove his aita to Mohkhuli Model Hospital CCC, where the doctors initially hesitated to admit such an aged patient, but took her in on seeing that the family was willing to take the risk.
When contacted, superintendent of Tinsukia Civil hospital Mridul Gogoi, denied the allegations as untrue.
“We have a provision of separate bed for attendants of patients in such cases, and the same is provided to them. It can be checked in CCTV footage as well,” he said.