Baripada: Allegations of gross mismanagement at Covid hospitals in Odisha have once again surfaced after some video clips and photos of the state of affairs at a Covid hospital went viral on social media recently.
The videos and photos purportedly showing mismanagement and negligence at Baripada Covid hospital have shaken conscience at a time when the State government claims to have opened its coffers for the treatment of Covid patients as succor to the suffering masses in the cusp of the deadly pandemic wave.
In the videos and photos, some patients are seen lying on beds and floor of the hospital with little or no cloth on them while no nurses or doctors to attend to them.
An attendant, while raising questions over the government claims of smooth Covid management, alleged the mismanagement at the Baripada hospital where he reportedly lost one of his relatives a few days ago.
“Patients are left unattended. Many of them are forced to lye on ground. Some of them are also seen sleeping in front of the toilet. No bed-sheets, pillows are provided to the patients. Oxygen services seem to be a dream here. No nurses, doctors are attending or treating the patients,” alleged Bibhudatta Dash who lost his relative due to Covid on May 23.
Some of the patients are also seen lying on the beds in semi-nude condition, he stated.
"Huge amount of money is claimed to have been spent on Covid patients. Where is the money?" Dash asked.
Patients are dying only because of medical negligence and gross mismanagement in Covid hospital, he further alleged.
Dash, a resident of Palabani in Mayurbhanj district, said he had admitted his relative at the Covid hospital on May 22.
A day after, his family members received a call from the hospital that the patient succumbed to the virus, he said.
A few days later the video clips showing the unsavory scenes at the Covid treatment centre went viral on social media platforms.
The district administration, however, feigned ignorance about the happenings at the hospital and sought to rubbish thr allegations.
“We will soon install CCTV cameras at Covid hospitals so that we can monitor the activities inside. As far as my knowledge goes, all the Covid care centres and hospitals are functioning smoothly. We investigate immediately if any allegations come to our knowledge,” Collector Veenit Bharadwaj said.