Buzdar orders probe as hospital staff leaves corona patient to die
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Friday ordered a detailed inquiry into the death of an elderly man at Lahore’s Mayo Hospital in tragic circumstances.
A tweet posted by the official Twitter account of Punjab government quoted the chief minister as saying that strict action will be taken if anyone found guilty and said that the Expert Corona Group will probe the matter.
CM Punjab @UsmanAKBuzdar has ordered detailed inquiry of the death of the patient in Mayo Hospital. "Expert group on Corona" will investigate the cause of death.— Government of Punjab (@GovtofPunjabPK) March 27, 2020
"Strict action will be taken if anyone found guilty." - Chief Minister @UsmanAKBuzdar
Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid also ordered an inquiry into the incident and also rushed to Mayo Hospital herself to investigate the issue.
Earlier in the day, Lahore recorded its third death due to the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to four in Punjab.
The latest victim was 70-year-old Muhammad Hanif – a resident of Sheikhupura – who died in a washroom of Mayo Hospital in a tragic manner.
24NewsHD reported that none of the staff members in the isolation ward –established as North Medical Ward – even touched the patient who continued yelling for help.
According to Shakeel Khan, a 24NewsHD producer, the elderly man was tied to bed during the night after being shifted to the hospital due to respiratory problems.
The other patients phoned the hospital staff for medical assistance but no one came to rescue the old man.
Later in the morning, Hanif was untied and allowed to go to washroom around 10am, but he fell from the bed. On this, the janitors were asked to carry him.
When he did not come out even after 30 minutes, the door was opened only to find him dead in the washroom.
The patients have alleged that the hospital staff is treating them badly and the nurses tell them to stay away when requested about medical attention.