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On Wednesday, the State Government had ordered an investigation into the apparent death of a doctor who was discharged just a day before from a COVID Hospital in Bhubaneswar.
PK Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary of Health and Family Welfare department has instructed Prof CBK Mohanty, Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) to examine into this matter and also submit a report.
Dr Nihar Ranjan Parida, a general physician who was posted at Jayapatna CHC in Kalahandi district, got infected with coronavirus and was admitted to KIMS COVID Hospital on 15th August. The doctor was a native of Balasore district and got discharged on 24th August as his condition improved. One of his relatives, Dr Anupam Mohapatra alleged that Dr Parida, was recovering at his residence and he again complained of some breathing issues just a day after his discharge. Hence, he was immediately rushed to Jyoti Covid Hospital at Balasore and the hospital refused to admit him.
Dr Mohapatra had written in a social media post that the hospital staff said that they cannot admit him unless he is being referred by district headquarters hospital (DHH). Therefore, he was then taken to the DHH around 12 noon. After getting him admitted, the caregiver returned back. Even though he was breathless, his uncle was talking during that time. However the next morning, the hospital staff called them and informed them that he died at 5.30 am.
He said that Dr Parida, who had served the State for past 30 years, was not attended by doctors on time. They did not give him oxygen properly. They found him with a cylinder and a mask but nobody knew whether oxygen was there or not. Though he was breathless, nobody evaluated it. He is seeking an inquiry into this incident.
The health authorities have denied the charges. Additional CS said that Dr Parida got himself discharged three days earlier to his scheduled date of discharge. Mentioning that he was a doctor and would take care of himself, managed to convince the authorities of the COVID Hospital. Appropriate action will be taken after the investigation report is submitted.
Source: The New Indian Express