With a new case turning positive to Coronavirus in Pune the death tolls soared to 77 in India by Friday. While the Union Health Ministries along with the state authorities claims of taking all the precautionary measures on a war footing, Karnataka registered the first Coronavirus death. However, there was no suspicion as the man was an elderly citizen already suffering from a few age-related ailments. However, a few of the shocking facts revealed 2 days after his death are now raising concerns over how vigilant are state governments are in treating the affected patients.
Into details, a 76-year-old Karnataka man with the travel history of Saudi Arabia between January 29 and February 29 has returned to Hyderabad who later complained hypertension and asthma. His family members rushed him to his hometown Kalaburagi, Karnataka as his symptoms worsened. He was later diagnosed with Viral Pneumonia which was immediately suspected to be Coronavirus. GIMS hospital authorities have sent the blood samples to Pune for further analysis.
Meanwhile, the patients family members have transferred him to Hyderabad snubbing the instructions of District Health Officer. From there on the patient was shifted to almost three different renowned private hospitals as they rejected admitting him over the Corona symptoms. While the third hospital confirmed that his condition was deteriorating, he was brought back to Karnataka GIMS while he was declared brought dead. Meanwhile, the blood samples sent to Pune turned positive to Coronavirus two days after is death.
With the shocking facts taking the limelight, national media has now zeroed in on the health authorities in Hyderabad and Karnataka. Yes, the patient is an elderly man where chances of survival are low, but the risks would have been minimised if the authorities had been vigilant enough. This triggered a roll of criticism over the prevailing awareness campaigns taken up by state governments.