Covid sufferers taken to hospital in rubbish van in Andhra Pradesh

Naveen S Garewal

Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, August 3

In a stunning incident, three COVID-19 sufferers have been moved to the hospital in a rubbish van in Nellimarla city of Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.

Just because the incident was highlighted on social media, opposition events led by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), lashed out on the authorities blaming it of not doing sufficient for these contaminated within the pandemic.

Vizianagaram District Medical and Health Officer Dr Ramana Kumari have ordered a probe into the incident.

“Appalling! Three COVID-19 patients in BC Colony, Jarjapupeta in Vizianagaram District were seen taken to the hospital in a “Garbage vehicle”. Don’t learn about coronavirus, however the helpless sufferers would possibly contract different harmful illnesses. Why are they not being handled like people?” former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu tweeted.

After a video of the three sufferers boarding a rubbish van went viral, the authorities instantly ordered a probe. The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday when an ambulance didn’t attain to shift three members of a household to the hospital.

According to locals, the household had undergone COVID-19 checks earlier within the week and their outcomes got here out to be optimistic. Despite calling 108 for an ambulance, there was no response. The frightened villagers prevailed upon the household to make use of the rubbish van to get to the hospital.

Primary Health Centre medical officer Gayatri Devi stated the ambulance was despatched instantly after studying in regards to the sufferers from volunteers however earlier than the car may attain there the native residents mobilised a rubbish van from the native municipal physique.

Nellimarla Nagar Panchayat Commissioner J. R. Appala Naidu stated the car was getting used to hold Sodium Hypochlorite and different gadgets for burying the COVID-19 victims.

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