Amid alarming reports that the city has already run out of intensive care unit (ICU) rooms and beds with oxygen and ventilator support for
The 85-year old farmer was detected with the
That same night, the elderly patient suffered from severe breathing issues and suffered a heart attack, which claimed his life. Tragically, his wife also passed away the very next morning.
And yet, travails for the family did not end there. Unable to find even an ambulance to take the bodies for a funeral, the local authorities finally sent a tempo to pick up the mortal remains, which were then cremated by the municipal staff one by one.
The bereaved son, also an agrarian, narrated, “We checked for beds, but there were none available. My father passed away at home. The shock took my mother away. We couldn’t even get an ambulance for his last rites and had to hire a tempo. The situation in the village is getting worse. There are more patients than what was anticipated.”
This is not the only such case to emerge in the area in recent weeks. Another man whose father —a government servant living in Mulshi taluka —passed away on July 16, complained that his parent did not receive any treatment or attention from the authorities for COVID-19. Pointing out the inaction, the son in this case said, “My father initially complained of bodyache and was admitted to Aundh hospital. But, they didn’t take any test for five days and no treatment was given. He was admitted on July 10 and a test for coronavirus was only taken on July 15. The next day, after my father passed away, he was declared
At a time when the number of COVID-19 positive patients has reached 509 in Pirangut, these two incidents have shaken villagers. Many fear that they too may soon be caught in a similar situation, with neither beds available, nor the right treatment to improve chances of survival.
Speaking about the fatality in the wee hours of July 25, DD Bhojane, gram sevak of Pirangut, reasoned, “The patient was asymptomatic and at home. We weren’t informed about the situation. Had we been told, we would have arranged for a bed in some hospital or at least tried to do so. The senior citizen passed away at midnight on Friday and it was really difficult to manage an ambulance at that time. We had to ask the family to stay at home and then called for a tempo to take the body to the crematorium. The last rites were performed by our medical officers.”
Sarpanch Changdev Pawale added, “All of us rushed to the patient’s home with our
Commenting on the case, Dr Ajit Khandekar, medical officer at Mulshi taluka, told Mirror, “The patient was very old and had other heart-related issues. As he was asymptomatic, no particular treatment could have been given. Maybe he found out that he was positive for COVID-19 and collapsed due to shock.”
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