Family members of Maharaj discharged as per new guideline, readmitted for lack of proper quarantine facility at home: AIIMS Rishikesh
Amid the fiasco involving five Covid-19 positive family members of Uttarakhand Cabinet minister Satpal Maharaj in which they were first discharged from All Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh on Monday and then dramatically readmitted within few hours, the AIIMS administration clarified on Tuesday that the discharged patients were readmitted due to lack of proper quarantine mechanism at their home. The AIIMS, Rishikesh is facing a lot of flak for giving unwarranted favour to the family of the high profile cabinet minister and a religious leader.
The nodal officer for Covid-19, AIIMS Rishikesh, Dr Madhur Uniyal said on Tuesday that the five family members of the minister were discharged on their request and as per the revised guidelines of the Union ministry of health and family welfare for the asymptomatic patients. He claimed that when it was found that the proper quarantine facility is not available in their home, they were readmitted in the hospital. It is pertinent to mention here that Amrita Rawat, the wife of Satpal Maharaj was found positive for Covid-19 on Saturday. A day later, Maharaj, his son, two daughters in law, four year old grandson and many members of the personal staff of the minister were found infected with the disease.
Meanwhile, the whole episode involving a senior cabinet minister has given ammunition to the opposition Congress party to attack the BJP government. Raising question on the manner in which the relatives of the minister were discharged and dramatically readmitted in the AIIMS, Rishikesh the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Pritam Singh said that the state government should come out clear on the issue. He said that action should be taken against those responsible for the incident. Singh said that allegation that the travel history of the minister is not being disclosed is very serious and if it is true then it puts up a big question mark over the functioning of the state administration and its agencies. The PCC president said that during the ongoing phase of pandemic it is the duty of every person that he should provide his travel history with transparency to the administration .He added that law and regulations should be same for everyone and different yardsticks should not be applied.
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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