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Bihar: Retired soldier dies of Covid as hospital preps for Minister’s visit

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Bihar: Retired soldier dies of Covid as hospital preps for Minister’s visit

Patna: One more instance of ignorance and callousness at the part of a hospital authorities took a retired soldier’s life in Bihar, as the hospital staff were busy preparing for the visit of the state health minister, Mangal Pandey. The braveheart, Vinod Singh, who was suffering from Covid died in the vehicle he was brought to the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, without receiving any treatment at the hospital. The authorities did not admit him despite his family’s repeated requests.

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“My father was COVID positive. Other hospitals refused to admit him, NMCH hospital agreed. They made us wait outside for one-and-a-half hours,” the patient’s son was quoted saying by media.

Vinod Singh, a resident of Lakhisarai — 120 km from Patna — was referred to the state capital after testing positive for Covid a few days ago. His son, Abhimanyu Kumar, said they brought him to Patna on Monday evening and took him to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences. But the doctors there refused to admit him as there were no beds available. So the family took him to a private nursing home, where he was admitted for a few hours.

Around 10 am on Tuesday, they went to the Nalanda Medical College. But at the hospital, everyone was busy with the proposed inspection by the health minister.

Asked to comment on the callousness of doctors and the hospital staff, Mr Pandey, who nowadays shuttles between Bengal and Bihar, said: “We try our best to provide medical care to all and we feel very sorry whenever someone dies like this”.

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“Such an incident is unfortunate. For some days, number (of cases) has increased in hospitals. Efforts are being made to improve the health facilities,” Mr Pandey was quoted saying by media.

Over the last 24 hours, Bihar has logged more than 4000 fresh corona infections, taking the total tally to over 41,000. Currently there are around 25,000 active Covid cases in the state.

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