Tinsukia: Mrinal Saikia, the Assam MLA from Khumtai LAC, alleged that the civil hospital in Golaghat refused to transport an elderly woman and his son, both COVID-19 positive, to the hospital on Saturday, exposing a major loop in the management of COVID-19 cases.
The development prompted Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to order an inquiry hours later.
Saikia tweeted: Golaghat Civil Hospital is not managing the Covid Situation my Covid Ambulance had to transport an old woman anad her son (both r covid 8+) to civil hospital as the authority denied to take them to hospital.@keshabmahanta6 @nhm_assam
Talking to this correspondent, Saikia said a 71-year old woman and her son from Naragoan village went to a nearby testing centre where they tested positive for COVID-19.
“They wanted to be hospitalised. However, neither were they sent to a civil hospital nor given home isolation. Rather, they were allowed to go home on their own against all laid down guidelines,” Saikia said. “This may have led to a possibility of spread of the virus. COVID-19 management norms require a positive person to be isolated immediately to contain the spread of the virus,” he added.
Saikia said the patient called him and informed him that they reached home after they were denied an ambulance. “I asked a reporter, who was around me, to call the superintendent of Civil Hospital and inform him about the incident. To my shock, the reporter was asked to take help of others in response to his call, after which I got the patients transported in my COVID-19 ambulance,” added Saikia.
Explaining the reason for tweeting the incident, Saikia said the government provided all facilities to hospitals including an ambulance. Still, the hospital authorities refused to provide the required assistance, causing harassment to the patients and citizens. “I want to expose the loopholes so that they can be fixed and Covid-19 can be handled in a better way,” Saikia added.
“I have been told that the son had to be put on oxygen after he reached the civil hospital,” the MLA added.
Responding to Saikia tweet, Sarwa tweeted: Pl enquire @keshab_mahanta.