Hyderpora case: ‘SKIMS Bemina failed to inform authorities; deceased travelled in own vehicle’

Srinagar, Apr 4: The Hyderpora man, who was the first person to die of coronavirus in Kashmir, travelled in his own vehicle to SKIMS Soura Hospital, even as authorities at SKIMS Bemina failed to sense the gravity of his situation.

Quoting Additional Commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir, who was made inquiry officer to probe the alleged mishandling of the deceased Covid-19 patient, a local news agency Saturday said the patient had preferred to visit SKIMS Soura in his own vehicle, despite an ambulance being offered by doctors at SKIMS Bemina.

Mir, however, said that Medical Superintendent SKIMS Bemina failed to sense the gravity of the situation and didn’t inform the Principal JVC, Coordinator and the district administration about the serious case.

Pertinently, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, P K Pole, had asked Additional Commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir to enquire into the matter and try to find out why and how the case was mishandled and patient allowed to mingle with the people.

Mir told Kashmir News Trust that due to lock down and restrictions, he has not been able record the statements of medicos in question.

“These days it takes a lot of time in paper work. It is to be seen why the Medical Superintendent SKIMS Bemina didn’t inform the Principal, Coordinator and the district administration about the patient. I will shortly record the statements,” Mir said.

He added that initial inquiry reveals that SKIMS Bemina had offered an ambulance to the patient, but a relative doctor accompanying the patient shifted him to SKIMS Soura in his own private vehicle,” he said.

“I will record the statements of Medical Superintendent SKIMS Bemina and Head of the Department, Chest Medicine SKIMS Bemina and fix the responsibility,” he added.

Mir added that inquiry was not linked to death. “I have been ordered to find out whether the case was mishandled and protocol was followed or not,” he said.

On March 26, the 65 year old Hyderpora man became the first person to die of the virus in Kashmir.

He had travelled domestically and had also been a part of one religious congregation in Delhi. (With inputs from KNT)

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