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COVID-19 patient falls, dies waiting for help in puddle in Bikaner

Finally, the District Collector was told about the incident, who ordered the staff to pick the body.

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Jaipur, June 23 : In a heart-rending incident, a COVID-19 patient who slipped in a puddle of dirty water died even while his teenaged daughter — who too was corona positive — kept pleading in vain for help at the Covid care centre in Bikaner in Rajasthan.

The patient was hospitalised at the PBM COVID centre and collapsed outside a restroom on Monday after slipping in dirty water outside. However, none of those present at the centre — neither the staff not others — allegedly came to his rescue even though his 14-year-old daughter kept pleading, officials said.

A video clip on the shocking incident has gone viral, showing the man lying in a pool of dirty water even as his daughter can be seen crying and yelling for help.

After lying on the ground for around half an hour, the patient died, but still no one came to their rescue.

A hospital staff said: “No one wanted to pick or touch the COVID-19 patient, fearing transmission of the virus. Covid-19 has changed human sentiments and changed the definition of humanity. That is why the man kept lying in hospital with no help.”

Both the man and his daughter had tested corona positive two days ago and lodged at this COVID-19 centre.

It was learnt that the girl had even called up her mother, who then contacted their landlord. He further contacted the Chief Medical Health Officer, who asked the hospital staff to act, but to no avail. In the meantime, the patient had passed away.

Finally, the District Collector was told about the incident, who ordered the staff to pick the body.

CMHO Dr BL Meena told IANS that the family”s landlord had called him up and he in turn called Medical Superintendent Dr Mohammad Saleem to help the patient to be moved from the washroom.

“After a call from the landlord, I immediately called up the MS at 8.35 am and asked him to bring the man back to his bed. However, by 10 am, I received the information that the man had died.”

Dr Saleem maintained that the patient had fever and had gone to the washroom along with an attendant. “When he did not come out for some time, he knocked the door, but there was no response. We had to break open the door. The patient had collapsed. We brought him to his bed and tried to revive him, but he did not gain consciousness.”

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma on Tuesday said that strict action shall be taken against “negligent” officials after investigating complaints against them. “Carelessness of some people will not be tolerated. Further, a Nodal Officer will also be appointed for speedy redress of complaints,” he added.

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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Girl and father end life in UP

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A teenager battling depression for two years following her mother’s death ended her life, prompting even the father to take his life out of sheer hopelessness.

According to reports, Shalu, 18, first committed suicide by hanging herself because she could not come to terms with the death of her mother. Suraj, too followed suit, leaving behind two more daughters.

The incident took place in Nankari village in Khairabad area in Sitapur district on Wednesday. Circle Officer Piyush Kumar Singh said that Suraj, who worked as a tailor, lived there with his wife and three daughters. His wife had died two years ago and his daughter Shalu could not come to terms with the death of her mother.

“She went into depression and finally ended her life. Seeing this, Suraj also committed suicide by hanging form the same ceiling fan,” the police official said.

Both the bodies have been sent for the post-mortem. The police had filed a case and further investigations are underway.

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