Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)
Mangaluru, Jul 9: People these days are wary of visiting hospitals for getting any of their ailments treated because they are tested for coronavirus and in a large number of cases, the report is positive. At the same time, it is said that some hospitals do not provide copies of the reports, and during the 14 days of isolation, no medicine is being dispensed to patients. The patient is wholly dependent on their resistance power against diseases.
This is the opinion of Kabir Talapady who recently got discharged after getting admitted into a private hospital since he was tested positive for coronavirus infection. He also expressed the suspicion that some kind of corona mafia might be at work.
Kabir was working in the fishing dock in the city and suffered from cold and fever for a couple of days, he said. "As three others working in the dock had tested positive for coronavirus, people viewed me with suspicion. As I could not bear with their suspicious eyes and way of treatment, I went to a private hospital, paid Rs 2,500 and got admitted there. Even though I sought to see the test report they said there is no system of showing it. I spent five days in the hospital ward and seven more days in another building. They did not give any medicines, and asked me to have hot water, eat fruits and boiled eggs, drink green tea (Kashaya) and do exercise. They treated us well and after 12 days, asked me to go back home, claiming that my test result was negative. Then too I demanded for test report but they did not provide it," he said. He wondered how patients suffering from other ailments can wait for 14 days before starting treatment.
Hospital authorities claim that getting coronavirus test is mandatory now and that there is no compulsion to get treated in any specific hospital. They said in case of positive report, it cannot be revealed to the patient, and the team of the government alone passes this information on. Treatment is extended as per the government guidelines, which keep changing," they add.
District health officer Dr Ramachandra Bairy, said that giving reports in case of coronavirus test through throat swab is compulsory. People having any doubt about the result can get their doubts addressed by getting tested in another hospital, he suggested.