- When the mother and father refused to have the test done after the daughter's infection, she asked for two and a half thousand rupees to show the mother's report negative just before discharge.
- For 10 days this couple has been wandering for treatment with their broken hand with their innocent child, the ward boy used to ask for 50 rupees to reach the ward.
Jun 11, 2020, 10:47 AM IST
Jaipur. Sawai Mansingh Hospital (SMS) is the largest hospital in Rajasthan. The same hospital that treated hundreds of Corona-infected patients, including the Italian couple, in the last three months. Recently, all the patients admitted here were shifted to RUHS at Pratap Nagar by freeing this hospital. The health department also issued a directive that the doctors of the SMS hospital would go to treat patients admitted to RUHS.
We reached RUHS to know the condition of treatment of patients. About four to five hours stayed outside the hospital. Interacted with the family of the patients coming and going and the patients returning home with leave.
Meanwhile, outside the hospital, a person was seen sitting with his daughter on the roadside waiting for an auto rickshaw. The five-year-old girl had a plaster tied in her hand and was playing with her father.
After some time a woman also came out from the hospital gate and sat there. The child then sat on the woman's lap. On the question that do you have any hospitalization? So the father of that girl said that our daughter had become corona.
The man called his name Ghulam Mohammed. He said- My daughter had developed a corona and got relief after recovering today. When he pointed to the plaster of his hand, he heard the tragedy of the last seven days without stopping.
He said that the daughter had an elbow injury, fracture, then went to the Trauma Center, SMS Hospital with his wife to get treatment for it. The doctors there gave plaster. Meanwhile, my daughter was admitted in isolation ward from 4 pm to 2 pm in ward number 205. Doctors told that the first child will have a corona test and the treatment of the fracture will start only after the report comes.
The daughter's sample was taken at 2 pm the same day. The next day the report did not arrive until morning on 1 June. During this time, the daughter's hand pain was increasing. We were very upset to see the baby in pain.
When I requested, the doctor called me in the heart ward. The girl was scheduled to have an operation there on 2 June. I was taking the girl to the ward. Then I got a call that your baby is Corona positive. I told this to the medical staff present in the ward.
After this, says Ghulam Mohammed, he and wife along with daughter were sent by ambulance to RUHS in the afternoon. We could not leave the child alone. So we had to stay with the daughter on the first floor.
Then I told the staff to check my and wife's corona too, as we have been together for the last several hours. But we were not tested. Finally, another test of the baby was done on 5 June. The report of which came negative on 6 June. Then I asked the medical staff to give us a holiday so that the baby can get the operation done, but then the staff said that no, now both your spouses will be sampled for corona examination.
Ghulam Mohammad and his wife Shabnam said that when we were with the girl for five days. We were asking ourselves for a sample test. Then our sample was not taken and when the report of the girl came negative then she started talking about taking the sample.
According to Ghulam Mohammad, some of the doctors and nurses on duty cared well for the patients. He used to come on the phone and till the ward and ask about the girl. The medical staff used to keep food and snacks on the ground about 20-30 feet from the ward. After this we used to eat and eat.
After being discharged from the hospital, on June 9, when the parents approached the doctors for the operation of the girl's hand, they said that they would be treated only after completion of the 15-day quarantine period. This is the reason that for the last 10 days, the couple are roaming for treatment with the broken hand of their innocent girl.
Ghulam's wife Shabnam says that on 8 June the investigation report arrived, but the staff stuck me. While giving leave to my husband and daughter, he said that you give two and a half thousand rupees. Will get your wife examined soon.
Then Ghulam Mohammad said that you get the investigation report out of them too. My wife is pregnant. If the report comes positive then there will be problem, you give them a break. Then a ward boy came and he said that it would cost two and a half thousand rupees.
Shabnam said, if we had talked about 100-200 we would have given it, but where to get two and a half thousand rupees. Had he had enough money, he would have been treated in a private hospital. We live by ourselves. Already, the rent of 10 thousand rupees has gone up for three months.
The person was adamant. He started saying that it would take two and a half thousand rupees. Take your baby girl. Then in compulsion I told my husband that you go out and get the girl treated. I will come tomorrow, if not today, tomorrow when the report comes. 20 minutes after the incident, the staff told Ghulam Mohammad that you wait half an hour and take your wife. His report has come negative.
Shabnam says, “On 5 June, the second report of her baby girl came negative. After this, the staff asked who is the patient named Shabnam. I said Sir, I am. Then said that you are positive. I said sir, you did not take my sample. Did not check, then how did my report come back positive? In such a situation, the staff said that you should go to the ICU. There will be investigation. Do not touch anything here. Your report is positive. '
Shabnam says, my husband and I started protesting on this. When he spoke in a slightly loud voice, the staff left. Then Shabnam's husband told the female staff that if this is a corona patient then tell her husband's name. The staff then could not reveal the name of Shabnam's husband, written in the report.
Shabnam said, whenever we protested, the staff used to panic that they should not complain about us. Shabnam says, if needed, had to get the goods from home and if someone came to the hospital with the goods, then the ward boy, who was doing duty there, used to demand 50 rupees to take him to the ward.