"No one is taking care": Hyderabad journalist Manoj Kumar's last message before death
Hyderabad : No matter how much state governments are boasting good treatment for coronavirus patients, the ground reality and stories of actual patients have a different story all together.
"ICU is not good. Please, let’s go to a private hospital. No one is taking care here."
This was the hard-hitting last text message sent by a Hyderabad based journalist Manoj Kumar who succumbed to coronavirus infection last week.
After learning that he is coronavirus positive, Manoj was admitted to state-run Gandhi Hospital and availing treatment.
On June 6, at around 3:30 PM, he sent a text message to his brother asking him to shift to a private hospital as he faced no adequate treatment in the government facility. By June 7, Manoj was dead.
Stating that there was no proper response when he asked for oxygen support, Manoj texted his brother, “Please, let’s go from here.”
The chat has now been released in the media with a video showcasing the actual condition of the COVID-19 ward at Gandhi Hospital, which is the nodal centre of the state government to treat all patients who test positive for coronavirus.
Manoj's brother Sainath was also found coronavirus positive and was undergoing treatment along with Manoj. He was released from the hospital on Monday after his test came negative, he is now under home quarantine.
What government has to say?
The state government has refuted the claims made in the viral video. Without naming anyone directly, a press note from the Chief Minister’s Office on Monday said, "Some people are spreading lies that Gandhi Hospital is overflowing with coronavirus patients. Some newspapers and TV channels are reporting this fake news. But this is a blatant lie. In Gandhi Hospital, we have facilities to treat 2,150 patients. It has 1,000 beds with oxygen supply facility. As on date, there are only 247 corona patients at the hospital."