Inquiry ordered into alleged mishandling of Srinagar Covid-19 patient

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has ordered an inquiry into the alleged mishandling of the COVID19 patient from Hyderpora who was tested positive two days back and died on Thursday morning at CD hospital Srinagar.

The divisional commissioner Kashmir has asked additional commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir to enquire into the matter, reported news agency KNO.

An order issued by divisional commissioner Kashmir revealed that the patient was mishandled by the authorities at CD hospital and SKIMS Bemina.

“Principal SKIMS Medical College-Hospital Bemina vide his communication No. SKIMS-MC-PS/2020/39g dated: 25-03-2020 has submitted a report indicating therein that a 65-year-old patient,  resident of Hyderpora Srinagar who reported to Casualty of SKIMS Medical College Hospital Bemina on 21-0302020 at 08. 30 AM alongwith his travel history was found to be a COVID-19 suspect, ” read the order, according to the report.

THe report further revealed that the patient who was later tested positive for COVID-19 has not been handled as per the protocol required for treating such patients.

Despite knowing the travel history of the patient and observing the symptoms of the patient, the Hospital Administration has not brought it into the notice of Divisional/District/Police authorities when he left the hospital without getting admitted, added the report.

As per the order, the patient has been given ample time to spread the virus by intermingling with the public and relatives. “The negligence at the hands of Hospital Administration has resulted in a lot of confusion and vulnerability amongst masses.”

“In view of the above, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Bemina and Head of the Department, Chest Medicine SKIMS Bemina are hereby called to explain their position forthwith, “the order states.

Tassaduq Hussain Mir (KAS) Additional Commissioner Kashmir shall enquire into the matter for exemplary action against these officers under rules, added the order.

The divisional commissioner has sought the enquiry report within two days. He has also directed the hospital administration to assist the enquiry officer in the culmination of the enquiry.

Talking to KNO, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole said that the inquiry is not linked to death. “I have ordered for a probe to find out whether the case was mishandled and protocol was followed or not,” he said.