Doctors on mass protest after relatives of Deceased COVID patient Vandalise hospital, set ambulance on fire
Karnataka: In a brutal case of violence reported recently, tension prevailed at Belagavi Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS) after a mob vandalised the hospital and set ablaze an ambulance in the facility premises. The mob included the angered relatives of the patient who had succumbed to COVID at the hospital during treatment.
Condemning this incident along with other violent attacks on doctors and vandalism in hospital premises lately, the Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) is observing a black badge protest.
The present matter relates to a 45-year-old COVID-19 patient who was suffering from severe acute respiratory syndrome and breathlessness took admission in BIMS on July 19th. The patient was admitted into the hospital after being tested COVID-19 and was receiving treatment in the ICU ward. However, his condition declined and ultimately he succumbed to the disease. When the doctors informed the relatives about the death of the patient, they resorted to violence alleging that the negligence of the hospital caused the death of the patient. Accusing the authorities of medical negligence, they started damaging the hospital property.
Karnataka: An ambulance of Belagavi Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS) was set ablaze yesterday allegedly by relatives of a patient who died at the hospital. Belagavi Police Commissioner says, "Ambulance was empty. Around 40 people tried to enter hospital. Case registered." pic.twitter.com/QZBCFHdVmo— ANI (@ANI) July 23, 2020
Outraged by abuse and assault on them by relatives of COVID victims, the Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) on Thursday sought action against offenders. Commenting on the incident KARD President Dayanand Sagar said: "Violence on doctors and healthcare workers in many hospitals endangers our safety and damage to public property". IANS reports that the association sought to arrest and legal action against culprits involved in the attack on doctors in Bengaluru, Belagavi hospital. "The state government should ensure safety protocols in all hospitals and COVID care centres with security and police personnel," added Dr Sagar.
Dr Sagar said that the association members would protest from July 24 in all state-run and private hospitals across the state by wearing black bands. "The state government should take stringent action against relatives of Covid patients or victims for abusing and attacking us, nurses and paramedics violently in the event of a death due to the infection," KARD President added.