No Country for Policemen: Mumbai Cop’s Sister Has to Beg Hospitals to Admit Covid +ve Brother


No Country for Policemen: Mumbai Cop’s Sister Has to Beg Hospitals to Admit Covid +ve Brother

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

The rising Coronavirus cases across the country have exposed the vulnerable healthcare system in the country. In cities like Mumbai and Delhi, the situation is dire with desperate family members heading from one hospital to another in search of beds or ventilators.

A video of a woman in Ghatkopar, Mumbai went viral on social media, as she was seen pleading for her Covid-19-infected brother who lay on the floor.

“After he started feeling feverish a few days ago, we were advised by our family doctor to get him tested. He was detected with typhoid. Since Saturday, he has been experiencing breathing difficulty. We took him to several hospitals in Ghatkopar, all of which refused admission fearing that he suffers from coronavirus,” the woman said in the video. She also claimed that hospitals asked for deposits to the tune of Rs 80,000 to one lakh. “The financial situation of our family is not strong. He has been serving the people selflessly, fighting coronavirus pandemic in the city for the past couple of months, and we have no help coming in when we need it the most,” she added.

BJP MLA Ram Kadam took up the issue and through a series of tweets, tagging the various authorities in Mumbai, from the BMC, to the police and the Chief Minister to provide help to her as soon as possible.

Once the video went viral, the machinery swung into action. Naval Bajaj, joint commissioner, administration, Mumbai Police, who is also the nodal officer designated by the state for providing aid to police personnel in the city, said the family did not contact the helpline. Kadam claimed that his admission was refused because authorities were awaiting his Covid-19 test reports, and the time lag has become a big issue in the city.

Eventually, senior inspector Vijay Singh Ghatge and another senior officer visited his house and took him to Kasturba hospital. “We took him to a government hospital where he would be looked after well,” inspector Vijay said.

The fact that even our Covid warriors and frontline workers are not able to get help when they’ve been on duty protecting the rest of us, it paints a bleak picture of the situation in the city. With Unlock 1.0 well underway and Mumbaikars coming out in huge numbers, the situation remains worrisome. The city has over 48,000 cases and over 1,600 people have succumbed to the disease so far.