In the video of the incident that has gone viral, staffers of the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Hospital in Rajkot can be seen pinning a patient down in the COVID-19 wing before slapping him.
A video of a coronavirus patient being assaulted by nursing and security staff at a Gujarat hospital went viral on September 17. In the video, staffers of the government-run Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Hospital in Rajkot can be seen pinning a patient down in the COVID-19 wing before slapping him.
In the 55-second video that has gone viral on social media, a paramedic in a PPE kit can be seen pinning a coronavirus patient to the ground and saying: “Didn’t I tell you not to do it”, while he keeps pleading. When the patient tries to escape the clutches of the paramedic, a security guard wielding a baton stamps on his shoulder while the paramedic slaps him.
The Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay hospital administration as claiming the staffers were only trying to restrain a rowdy patient identified as Prabhashankar Patil, 38.
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The report quoted Dr Pankaj Buch, the medical superintendent of the hospital as telling local media channels: “The patient had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is still COVID-19 positive. He is also a patient of diabetes and hypertension. He had to be restrained when he had a hysteric meltdown and started running helter-skelter while trying to remove his intra-venus tube and Ryle’s tube.”
The doctor added that the patient was eventually restrained and administered injections after consulting the psychiatry department.
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