Congress demands probe into Covid deaths at Chest Hospital

Congress leader Shabbir Ali says that both the patients had recorded selfie videos explaining their health condition while alleging that they were being neglected by the hospital authorities

By Author  |  Published: 30th Jun 2020  9:28 pm

Hyderabad: Congress leader and former Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir demanded a high-level probe into the deaths of two patients who were allegedly denied oxygen and ventilator support at Chest Hospital.

In a statement here on Tuesday, he said that both the patients had recorded selfie videos explaining their health condition while alleging that they were being neglected by the hospital authorities. “The patients looked fully conscious and concerned in both the videos although they were recorded a few hours or minutes before their deaths. They have exposed the poor treatment facilities at the Chest Hospital and negligent attitude of the government,” he said.

The Congress leader said instead of ordering a probe into the allegations, Health Minister Eatala Rajender has not only given a clean chit to the hospital authorities, but also found fault with the patients who complained of negligence which later resulted in their deaths.

Shabbir Ali accused the Health Minister of misusing medical terminology to mislead the people of the State. “In September last year, Rajender tried to change the definition of Dengue and called it ‘non-viral fever’ just to suppress the reality of hundreds of deaths in the State. This time, he is trying to twist medical terms to suppress Covid-19 deaths and cases,” he said, adding that Rajender should resign from his post on moral grounds.

He said the Congress party will explore all legal avenues to seek justice for all the patients who died due to negligence.


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