Pune: Two patients under treatment at the COVID Care Centre (CCC) at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) in Shivajinagar died on Friday afternoon after their medical condition worsened suddenly. Other patients have alleged that there are not adequate doctors and medical staff to attend patients. Only 3 or 4 doctors are attending to about 1500 patients admitted in the CCC.
The deceased patients were of 80 years and 90 years of age. They were asymptomatic and were admitted to the CCC three days before. This COVID Care Centre was started by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) a few days before and has only isolation beds for patients.
The two patients who succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday were residents of Upper Indiranagar near Bibvewadi. They were asymptomatic and hence shifted to the CCC in Shivajinagar on Tuesday. On Friday afternoon, they had shortness of breath and their condition worsened suddenly. Doctors arrived at their beds and started treatment, but they could not resuscitate them. After their death in the afternoon, the dead bodies of the patients were kept at the same place for hours before the staff from Shivajinagar ward office arrived. The corpses were then put in a plastic bag and taken to Yerawada crematorium for the funeral.
Ajay Shinde, President of city unit of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena said, "The condition in COVID Care Centre of Shivajinagar is very bad. Patients were seen waiting outside. Even after the death of the two patients on Friday, their dead bodies were not immediately shifted. The staff was waiting for police panchnama formalities to be completed."
Citizens are complaining about the negligence by doctors and medical staff at COVID Care Centres in the city. Recently a PMC employee had also narrated his ordeal at one of the CCC where he was not attended by doctors for five days. The Shivajinagar CCC has 3 or 4 doctors to attend about 1500 patients daily. Health department officials said they can't do much because there is a shortage of medical staff across the city.