COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment at Shaheed Bhagat Singh CCC in Agartala Credit: File image

Agartala: Tripura government has decided to initiate action against those COVID-19 positive patients who had allegedly spitted and harassed the West Tripura district health officer Dr Sangita Chakraborty while admitting new patients at Shaheed Bhagat Singh COVID Care Centre (CCC) in Agartala on Friday last week.

Speaking with reporters, law minister Ratan Lal Nath said that three persons have been identified by the police in connection with the incident and legal action would be initiated against them for harassing an on-duty health worker.

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“The patients had prevented Dr Sangita Chakraborty and her medical team from admitting the newborn babies and their mothers in the CCC who were shifted from Tripura medical college (TMC),” Nath said.

He also condemned the incident and called it unfortunate to see a doctor being harassed by positive patients.

“Anybody involved in harassing the health workers will not be tolerated or spared by the state government. Actions will be taken against them by the administration. We have identified three persons in connections with the Shaheed Bhagat Singh incident,” Nath added.

He also said that since the accused persons are currently undergoing treatment, action would be initiated against them post their discharge from the CCC.

Earlier, the All Tripura Government Doctors’ Association had condemned the attempt of harassment and spitting on West Tripura district health officer Dr Sangita Chakraborty.

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Speaking with reporters, Dr Chakraborty said that after the closure of maternity ward in Tripura Medical College, five post-caesarean patients were taken to the COVID Care Centre but this was opposed by some of the patients admitted there.

“When the ambulance with COVID-19 positive mothers with newborn babies reached the CCC, a group of patients who were undergoing treatment started protesting and stopped the medical team from entering the centre,” Chakraborty said.

Dr Chakraborty also said that soon after receiving the information, she rushed to the COVID centre and tried to calm them.

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“I told the patients that newly born patients are waiting in the ambulance and they need to be shifted in the room, to which some of the patients started using abusive words. Even after repetitive requests to wear the mask they continued to come closer to us,” Chakraborty added.

However, the patients did not allow the newborn and the mothers to be taken inside the building and they forced them to keep on waiting for 5 hours inside the ambulance. Later, they were shifted to the Agartala Government Medical College.

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