Karimnagar: Caution in these times of Covid is warranted and should be exercised, but paranoia coupled with lack of awareness is a sure shot recipe for disaster, as happened in the case of a daily wage earner in the district.
Mohammad Yakub, a resident of Papakkapalli of Jammikunta mandal, in all enthusiasm, made chicken curry for his family, but then he took the extreme step of adding hand sanitiser to the dish under the belief that it would kill coronavirus if it existed in the bird. This bizarre incident took place early in August but came to light only on Tuesday, a full month later, when a locl public representative visited Yakub, who has been ailing since then.
Fortunately, his wife and three children refused to eat the chicken because of the bad smell, and Yakub polished if off. Not surprisingly, he started vomitting after a while. The family took him to MGM hospital in Warangal where doctors informed them that his intestines were damaged due to the sanitizer.
Meanwhile, Yakub, who realised that there were Covid-19 patients in the hospital, escape from the hospital on August 29 and reached home. Since then, he has been bed-ridden at home with no money for treatment.
Local ZPTC Sriram Shyam, who came to know about Yakub’s plight, visited the family on Tuesday and handed over some money for immediate treatment. He also assured that he would bring the Yakub’s health issue to the notice of Health Minister Eatala Rajender for further help.
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