Pune: COVID-19 patient disappeared from the hospital, family protested out of the hospital.
A 33-year-old woman patient has allegedly gone missing from a COVID-19 jumbo hospital in Pune.
The woman’s family members staged a protest outside the medical facility on Thursday.
While briefing to the media, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said the woman was discharged from the hospital on September 5, her relatives have filed a missing person’s complaint at Shivajinagar police station in Pune in Maharashtra.
Her mother told newsmen that the woman was admitted to the hospital, located at the College of Engineering Pune (COEP) ground, on August 29 after testing positive for coronavirus.
“I came to meet her the next day, but the staff at the jumbo facility told me that the patient is inside the ward and she is safe. I was asked not to worry and instructed to come after 15 days,” she added.
She said on September 13, when she and her relatives reached the hospital and searched for her daughter, she was not found.
The woman’s mother raised a question saying “When the hospital authorities told us to come after 15 days of the quarantine period, why was she given discharge in between? Why were we not informed? Why she was not sent home in an ambulance?”
Her mother mentioned the fact that when they asked for the CCTV footage, the hospital staff claimed the agency which was operating the facility earlier had taken away all the data.
“Ultimately, we approached the Shivajinagar police station and lodged a missing complaint on September 14,” she added.
Speaking to media, Rahul Dambale, a Pune-based social activist who is helping the family, said the missing complaint should have ideally been registered by the management of the jumbo facility, which was set up in July.
He furtherly said that “As the woman’s whereabouts are not known for last 25 days, her family staged a protest outside the facility today”.