Pune: Daund Sub-Divisional Officer Pramod Gaikwad has ordered an FIR against Pyramid Hospital in connection with complaints of denying treatment to three COVID-19 patients. The case will be filed under sections of Epidemic Diseases Act and National Disaster Management Act.
Vaishali Nagawade, Pune District President of Women's wing of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), had complained about the hospital. Vaishali had approached State Health Minister Rajesh Tope and later filed a complaint with Daund Tehsildar in this case.
According to the complainant, Pyramid hospital has allegedly denied treatment to two COVID-19 patients from Daund City and one from Yavat region. The patients and their families too have complained about the hospital. Their complaints were received by Pramod Gaikwad, Sub Divisional Officer of Daund and Purandar. Gaikwad had asked Daund Sub District Hospital officials to file the First Information Report (FIR) against the hospital. Accordingly, Dr Sangram Dange has filed a written complaint against the hospital with the Police Inspector of Daund police station.
Meanwhile, District Surgeon Dr Ashok Nandapurkar made a visit on August 3 to all private hospitals in Daund city which have been acquired by the district administration for treating coronavirus patients. Dr Nandapurkar has instructed all health officials to take strict action against all concerned persons who are neglecting COVID-19 patients for any reason.
Dr Nandapurkar has also stated that the acquired private hospitals have been enrolled under the Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY). Hence, they cannot charge an exorbitant amount from the patient or relatives. "These hospitals should charge as per government norms. They shall not charge any extra amount for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits or any other reason," Dr Nandapurkar clarified.
Entire Daund city was declared a containment zone and sealed for 14 days in July month by the district and local administration. Since the COVID-19 cases increased, patients turned to private hospitals in large numbers but were several instances of mistreatment of patients.