Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandorang Pole ordered an inquiry into the alleged mishandling of the COVID19 patient from Hyderpora who died on Thursday morning at CD hospital Srinagar.

According to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Div Com Kashmir has directed additional commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir to enquire the matter.

An order issued by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir revealed that the patient was mishandled by the health officials at SKIMS Bemina.

“Principal SKIMS Medical College-Hospital Bemina vide his communication No. SKIMS-MC-PS/2020/39g dated: 25-03-2020 has submitted a report indicating therein that a 65-year-old patient, resident of Hyderpora Srinagar who reported to Casualty of SKIMS Medical College Hospital Bemina on 21-0302020 at 08. 30 AM along with his travel history was found to be a COVID-19 suspect,” reads the order.

It also reads that the report further reveals that the patient who was later tested positive for COVID-19 has not been handled as per the protocol required for treating such patients.

“The report further reveals that knowing the travel history of the patient and observing the symptoms of the patient, the Hospital Administration has not brought it into the notice of Divisional/District/Police authorities when he left the hospital without getting admitted”, it further reads.

As per the order the patient has been given ample time to spread the virus by intermingling with the public and relatives. The negligence at the hands of Hospital Administration has resulted in a lot of confusion and vulnerability amongst masses.

“In view of the above, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Bemina and Head of the Department, Chest Medicine SKIMS Bemina are hereby called to explain their position forthwith,” the order states.

However, administration deputed Tassaduq Hussain Mir (KAS) Additional Commissioner Kashmir shall enquire into the matter for exemplary action against these officers under rules.

The Divisional Commissioner has sought the enquiry report within two days. He further directed the Hospital Administration to assist the enquiry officer in the culmination of the enquiry.

Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole maintained that the inquiry has not ordered why COVID-19 patient died.

“I have ordered for an enquiry to find out the truth whether the case was mishandled and the protocol was violated or not,” he said.


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