Mumbai, July 4
Family of a 64-year-old man who succumbed to COVID-19 in neighbouring Navi Mumbai has alleged that he needed to be saved in an ambulance for an entire day earlier than he may very well be admitted to a hospital.
When he was lastly admitted, the household didn’t have the cash to purchase an injection that value Rs 32,000. The man, who carried out in a music band, died on June 25.
“He developed coughing and breathing problem on June 20. We took him to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s (NMMC) COVID hospital at Vashi,” his son advised PTI.
“There was no bed with oxygen supply available, so I was asked to go to another hospital,” he mentioned.
“I asked them to tell us where to go, but they did not guide us and only said go to a private hospital,” he mentioned.
“Then I started searching for a hospital. After a few hospitals refused to admit him, I called a cardiac ambulance and put my father in it because he needed oxygen support,” mentioned the son, who additionally performs in a music band.
The subsequent day the person was admitted to a non-public hospital in Kopar Khairane space.
When the docs advised him that his father would wish an injection which value round Rs 32,000, he approached the NMMC for assist, however the authorities mentioned they might not do something, he alleged.
Four days after he was admitted, his father died on June 25, he mentioned.
The hearse arrived after three hours and there was no attendant with it, he mentioned.
“I and my brother-in-law donned PPE kits and took the body for last rites,” he mentioned.
“It is all very unfortunate. We are sons of the soil, this city stands on our land, and I am a regular taxpayer, but the NMMC could not provide a single injection to save father’s life,” he mentioned.
“I am telling this to the media now because I don’t want any other patient to die in this way. The NMMC should improve its medical facilities,” he added.
As of Friday, the virus had claimed at the very least 232 lives in Navi Mumbai. PTI