“No one is taking care here. Please shift me to a private hospital.” These last messages from Telangana journalist Manoj Kumar who succumbed to coronavirus are now setting ripples in state politics. Messages sent to Manoj’s brother Sainath, at 3.46 pm on June 6 clearly displayed Manoj’s desperation to get out of Gandhi Hospital.
Going by the messages sent by Manoj, there was no proper response when he asked for oxygen support. Sainath who also tested positive for coronavirus and was undergoing treatment along with Manoj released a video explaining the chronology of incidents before Manoj’s death.
It is better to go to a crematorium rather than coming to Gandhi Hospital, these were the last words of TV5 journalist Manoj, according to his family & friends. What led to the sudden demise Manoj wasn’t just #COVID__19 but apathy.Startling revaluations by his brother #Telangana pic.twitter.com/YaPY4wTZGS
— Revathi (@revathitweets) June 8, 2020
“After the call from Fever Hospital that we both turned positive, we reached to Gandhi Hospital by 1 AM after which we were shifted to the ward on the seventh floor,” said Sainath in his video. Talking about the inadequate medical facilities, Manoj’s brother stated that he found no one in the ward to inform about Manoj’s difficulty in breathing.
“After continuous pressure on superintendent from influential journalists, they finally shifter Manoj to ICU. Hours after which they took him out of the ward. However, Manoj happened to text me that they have put him in a wheelchair for almost 1.5 hours and didn’t treat him,” he added. “Later, I got a call from the police department that my brother had died. None of the doctors had informed me,” said Sainath.
Meanwhile, Raja Rao, Superintendent, Gandhi Hospital snubbing the above narration stating that a team of doctors attended Manoj but couldn’t help as Manoj had a cardiac arrest and was declared dead at 9.37 am on June 7. We tried our best but he couldn’t be revived,” the Superintendent said in a statement.