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‘Covid positive husband begged for water; I was molested while fetching it’

On 10 May, Bihar reported 75 Covid-19 casualties, raising the death toll to 3,357, while the total number of confirmed cases exceeded 6 lakh

Even as the second wave of the China-origin coronavirus ― now mutated ― hits India hard, criminals are making the most of it as in this incident where, in Bihar’s Bhagalpur, a woman reportedly fought against the odds for around a month in her efforts to keep her husband alive. Her husband succumbed to Covid-19 at a private hospital in Patna earlier this month, after which she narrated her ordeal.

In a heart-rending narration in a video, which has been widely shared on social media, the woman has alleged that while she was making attempts to get her Covid-positive husband treated, she was sexually harassed by the staff at a hospital in Bihar.

She has blamed medical negligence for her husband’s death. She accused the hospital of selling oxygen in black.

Covid facility attendant molests woman

In the video, the woman said her husband and she came to Bihar from Noida in March to celebrate Holi. She said her husband fell ill on 11 April and got himself tested twice for coronavirus, but the results were negative. She said a doctor in Noida asked him to get a CT scan, which showed an infection of the lungs. A day later, the man and her mother were admitted to Glocal Hospital, a Covid facility, in Bhagalpur.

Accusing the Covid hospital of negligence, the woman said attendants were missing and refused to give medicines. She alleged that her husband, who was struggling, would signal for water but wasn’t given any. The woman added that she requested an attendant to help her stay at the hospital. She said she was speaking to her husband when she realised someone was pulling her dupatta when she was speaking with her husband.

“My mother started shouting. I turned around. He [The attendant] was smiling with his hand on my waist. I snatched the dupatta, but couldn’t say anything because I was afraid.”

The victim said she was afraid that he would do something to her mother or her husband if she raised an alarm. She said the man returned and told her: ‘Don’t worry. I will take care.”

Her ordeal didn’t end here.

Covid hospital staff would watch movies on phone as patients cried for help

The woman said her husband’s condition worsened, after which he was referred for treatment in Mayaganj. She alleged that doctors at the Bhagalpur Government Hospital refused to attend to her husband or give him oxygen despite her cries.

She alleged that doctors and staff at the Mayaganj Covid treatment facility would turn off lights in their rooms and would watch movies on their mobile phones even as people died.

From Mayaganj, the husband of the woman was moved to Rajeshwar Hospital in Patna. She said she tried to get him to Delhi via an air ambulance but couldn’t because of his deteriorating condition.

Hospital would sell O2 cylinder for Rs 50,000

The woman said the situation was no different here. She accused the Covid hospital staff of negligence. She alleged that the staff at the hospital cut her husband’s oxygen supply due to which she was forced to buy cylinders from the black market. The hospital sold an oxygen cylinder for Rs 50,000 each, she alleged.

Appealing to people to take care of their loved ones and not trust hospitals, the woman said she didn’t lose her partner to coronavirus, but medical negligence and the fear of losing oxygen.

During the second wave of Covid-19, Bihar is one of the states that has been the worst affected. On 10 May, 75 Covid-19 casualties were reported in Bihar raising the death toll to 3,357, while the total number of confirmed cases crossed the 6-lakh mark.

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