Yesterday in India, 90,000 Covid-19 positive cases were recorded. That makes India the country with the 2nd highest number of cases in the world. We read the stat counter for Active Cases, Recovered, and Deceased, on a daily basis. All these numbers, figures, and statistics seem to be just ‘distant news’ for us till the time you hear about someone close enough that you realize the gravity of the situation.
Recently, one of my relatives passed away after battling the virus for a week or so. Sadly, he never recovered and each day his health deteriorated from being normally feverish, then admitted to a COVID hospital, then to be shifted to ICU, and then to even a more critical version of ICU and eventually passing away. He was a diabetic which made the matters worse.
We have heard about comorbidities making the usually milder virus as fatal. But we then trust the hospitals. We assume that if one at least gets admitted to a proper hospital, there is a good chance that they will recover. It has been 6 months since the lockdown and by now, every hospital must have got a certain idea about how to take care of patients, even those who have diabetes.
But no. Some Hospitals now have lost the enthusiasm apparently. In the case I mentioned, the hospital was told that the patient is diabetic, but they kept him in an isolation ward and never cared about Diabetes as the ward was just for COVID. What logic is in that? What if the patient is having some other ailment? Won’t they treat that too? That’s basic common sense. Moreover, diabetes medicines and food was not provided by hospital authorities themselves, so when relatives used to give food, keeping diabetes in mind, the hospital staff either didn’t deliver the medicines and food on time or sometimes even lost it on the way. Even the news of the death was not communicated to the relatives on time. Nobody deserves this, seriously.
I just hope that this kind of thing doesn’t happen to others. We should not forget that the virus has not slowed down, we have, our hospitals have, the government has and media has moved on to other news.