100 patients break out of COVID care centre, block highway in Assam, allege improper food and water at facility
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a shocking incident from Assam, at least 100 COVID-19 patients broke out of a COVID care centre in state’s Kamrup district and rushed to the Highway 31 blocking the travel movement on Thursday evening.
Officials at the coronavirus care centre, as reported by news agency PTI, said that the patients alleged that they were not provided with proper food and water in the COVID care facility in Kamrup’s Changsari area.
Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup district, Kailash Kartik, after receiving the information rushed to the spot along with several other policemen. The officials said that the Deputy Commissioner urged the patients to return to the COVID facility so that the matter can be resolved through discussions.
Shortly after the patients encroached the highway, tensions prevailed in the area, however, after the Deputy Commissioner assured them of action the patients returned to the centre.
The patients alleged that they were not provided with food and water and the condition of the beds was also not up to the mark while 10-12 of them were kept in a single room. The deputy commissioner assured them that their allegations will be looked into and efforts will be made to address those, the official said as reported by PTI.
Reacting to the allegations of the patients, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that if the patients have any problem and are not happy with facilities provided at the COVID care centre, they can opt for home quarantine by signing the undertaking.
"We have brought them to the facility so that they can be cured and do not infect others. If they are not happy there, they can sign the undertaking and go under home quarantine," he said at a press conference.
The health workers are on duty day and night and there may have been some delay as they are overburdened, he said. "In other states, even the testing is conducted on payment but in Assam, the entire expenditure -- from testing to their stay and food -- are borne by the state government," Sarma added.
In Assam, a total of 19,754 people have been so far afflicted with the coronavirus, while 48 people have succumbed to the deadly pathogen. Of the total, 6,818 are active cases while 12,888 people have been cured and discharged from the hospitals across the state.
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan