Thursday, July 29, 2021

COVID-19 patients lying naked on hospital floor in Odisha, probe ordered

After disturbing images of patients, together with a girl, lying naked on the floor of a washroom and mattress in a COVID-19 hospital in the tribal dominated Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district went viral, a high-level probe has been ordered.

Video clips and the images have been apparently shot by an attendant of a affected person on the devoted COVID-19 hospital arrange at Bankisole close to the district headquarter city of Baripada.


The Mayurbhanj administration had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) final yr. After a short closure, following the primary wave of pandemic, the hospital began functioning once more when COVID-18 circumstances rose.

“I had taken my father to the hospital on May 19 and I stayed there to look after him. I found people losing lives lying in the washroom. People were unable to have food and could not go the washroom. They were losing lives without proper care. Hospital staff were coming only occasionally to the ward. Four people lost their lives between May 19 and 29,” mentioned, Ajit Sahu, a resident of Baripada who had shot the video.

Mr. Sahu, whose father handed away lately, mentioned, “draped in PPE kit, doctors were coming to see patients twice a day, but there were not enough staff to give care to everyone.”


A delegation of residents involved beneath the banner of ‘Ame Mayurbhanjia’ met Mayurbhanj Collector Vineet Bhardwaj and apprised him of the state of affairs. “We got to know that the condition of patients was extremely distressing in the hospital. They were lying naked everywhere. Some were found sleeping over food. There was no one to give care to them,” alleged Bibek Patnaik of Ame Mayurbhanjia.

Collector’s assertion

Mr. Bharadwaj inspected the hospital premises and issued a press assertion, which says all of the patients have been principally glad with the therapy in the hospital.

“The recent allegation made in the social media of neglect of a patient by doctors and nurses was inquired into and found to be false and baseless. The patient had a neurological problem and was going through alcohol withdrawal symptoms,” it mentioned.

While the district administration talked about one affected person, as per video clips and pictures, there have been many patients, together with a girl, lying naked in the hospital.

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