From SMHS to CD to JLNM to SKIMS, all in one day: Story of 10-year-old corona positive
Mar 31: The last four days have been the toughest ones for the10 year
old boy from Srinagar who was tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.
On March 28, the boy from Eidgah, who, as per his father, had major
symptoms of contracting the virus, had to go through a rigmarole of referrals
between various Srinagar hospitals in a single day before he was surprisingly sent
back home at around midnight.
Like in many other cases, the boy, his father said, too had
contact with a person who attended a religious gathering and was later tested
positive for the virus.
Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor over the phone, the boy’s father
said on March 23, there was camping in Shaheed-e-Milat Masjid at Eidgah in
which one person from Bemina who was part of Tableeghi Jamaat came in contact
with his son.
“My son had hugged and shaken hands with this person, who was
tested positive recently,” he said.
By the time the family learnt that the person their son had met
was tested positive, the boy had already started developing symptoms of the infection.
“He was feverish and complained of sore throat,” the father
Panicked, he took him to SMHS hospital here on March 28.
“I told the doctors at SMHS that my son had shaken hands and
hugged this man who had been tested positive. I told them about the symptoms as
well. They immediately referred him to Chest Diseases Hospital,” he said.
The prescription at SMHS corroborates the father’s version
although it records the child had normal body temperature (98.7 degrees
The father than took his son to CD hospital, which these day is
the tertiary healthcare facility for coronavirus suspects and patients.
However, the hospital could not admit the child as ‘all the beds
there were occupied.’
“Due to non-availability of beds, we are referring the patient
to JLNM Rainawari,” reads the doctor’s note on the CD hospital prescription.
The doctor at CD hospital advised that the boy be screened for
However, the referral raises a question since JLNM Hospital is
not yet equipped to test for COVID-19 and sends its samples to the Chest
That was one of the reasons why earlier this week, 105 suspected
persons quarantined at JLNM were up in arms because the hospital took days to pick
samples and send them to other hospitals.
Already distraught, the father then reached JLNM hoping that
here he may receive some attention and that his boy be tested and treated.
But he was in for another shocker.
Knowing the case and contact history, the JLNM doctors concluded
that the boy had “high possibility” of having contracted Covid-19 infection.
“Case discussed with MS/Principal GMC Srinagar. Patient referred
to SKIMS Soura in view of non-availability of beds and testing,” reads the note
by the doctor on the prescription at JLNM.
The father’s patience was slowly giving up seeing his son being
shuffled from one place to another but he knew these were extraordinary times
and he could endure anything to ensure his son received the medical care.
“I was so frustrated of running from one place to another,” he
told the Kashmir Monitor.
Eventually, at 10:35 pm in the night, the father-son duo reached
SKIMS, Soura, knowing that this was a place which had no option of further referral.
The doctors there did their preliminary diagnosis and found the
boy clearly symptomatic.
But surprisingly, they did not admit him and instead asked the
father to put him in home quarantine for two weeks.
Just before midnight of March 28, the man reached home with his
boy, having been made to run around the largest four hospitals in the city.
“There was sheer negligence from the SKIMS administration while
treating my son. We fear that our entire family might have been infected
because we were living together with my son. My daughter has also shown
symptoms. She has developed fever,” he said.
The worst, though, was yet to come.
“On March 30, police came to our house and took my son to SKIMS,
Soura where his samples were collected which came positive on Tuesday.”
“I was also with my son and later I directed all my family
members to visit the hospital for check-up. All of us are at high risk of
getting infected,” he said.
At the time this report was being compiled, the father was
caught up in hospital admission formalities for the rest of his family.
Asked why they had sent the boy back on March 28, MS SKIMS
Farooq Jan said the patient was “asymptomatic.”
“He had developed no symptoms when he came to hospital which is why we advised him to go for proper quarantine at home,” Dr Jan said.
(An earlier version of this story carried the photos of the prescriptions while ensuring that the details of the patient were kept hidden. Now, the photos have been removed entirely at the family’s request)