A coronavirus patient, resident of Jamui, has gone missing from Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) days after he was admitted there for treatment. The man was tested positive on July 3 and he went missing since July 6, the family said.
The family members got to know about his disappearance when they came to see the patient three days after he was admitted at the hospital.
The patient, Ranjit Kumar is a resident of Sheikhpura in Jamui. He is suffering from cancer and had travelled to Patna for a monthly dose of injections as part of his ongoing treatment. He was advised to take a corona test as per treatment protocol, and after testing positive for the virus, he was admitted to NMCH on July 3.
“On July 6, his mobile phone was switched off. We visited the NMCH on July 7 and a doctor confirmed to us in writing that the patient was ‘not on bed’ but they did not own up responsibility,” patient’s nephew said.The nephew said it had been a long torture for the family as the administrations of both Sheikhpura and Patna were not taking the matter forward.
The family tried to seek help from the administrations of both Sheikhpura and Patna but in vain.
“I have received an application from the family. I will ask the Patna SSP to initiate due action in the matter,” Bihar Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey was quoted as saying by a media report.
Meanwhile, patient’s wife Anita Devi narrated her agony to local MP and Lok Janshakti Party national president Chirag Paswan. He has written a letter to NMCH’s medical superintendent as well as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. In the letter, he has demanded swift action in the matter.
Chirag, in his letter, has also pointed out that the NMCH administration did not inform the patient family about his ‘disappearance’ from the hospital.
Anit Devi told HealthWire today that there is still no news about her missing husband.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 33,926. So far, 220 people have died of COVID-19 in Bihar.