Coronavirus: Over 100 patients escape COVID-19 centre in Assam over lack of food and water
Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister have said that if patients are not happy with the coronavirus care facility, they can opt for home quarantine.
The Coronavirus has proved to be one of the most disastrous pandemics the world has ever faced. With the number of patients growing up to 10 lakh in India, hospitals and quarantine centers are jam-packed. In Assam, the coronavirus care center faced a huge challenge when 100 patients flee from the facility in Kamrup district. The patients alleged that over 10-12 people were cramped in a single room without proper access to food and water.
According to officials, the incident happened on Thursday. Over 100 patients from the coronavirus care center blocked National Highway 31. Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Kailash Kartik along with police rushed to the facility in Changsari and urged the patients to clear the highway and return to the center. They also persuaded them to resolve the issues through discussions.
After multiple calming assurances from the officials, patients agreed to return to the COVID facility. The deputy commissioner also assured them that he will look into their allegations. Efforts will be made to fix their grievances, they said.
Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma in his statement said if patients at the coronavirus care facility are dissatisfied, they can opt for home quarantine.
“We have brought them to the facility so that they can be cured and do not infect others. If they are not happy there, they can sign the undertaking and go under home quarantine,” he said at a press conference.
“In other states, even the testing is conducted on payment but in Assam, the entire expenditure — from testing to their stay and food — are borne by the state government,” Sarma added.
Meanwhile, India is now the third country with the highest number of coronavirus patients in the world.