Doctors Get Attacked After Covid Patient Dies At Apollo Hospital in Delhi.
Doctors at a Delhi hospital were attacked Tuesday morning by the assistants of a 67-year-old woman who died in the emergency room because the hospital had no ICU beds available.
An unknown number of hospital personnel, including doctors, were injured in the confrontation outside Apollo Hospital, which took place between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The police arrived an hour later.
Since then, the hospital has withdrawn staff due to the large number of patients requiring treatment and medical attention, as the city and the countryside battle a devastating wave of Covid.
“We received a call around 9 in the morning and we arrived to find an old woman who was there had died in the morning. There were some arguments from her relatives and a fight … there were no injuries and no complaints were received from the relatives or the hospital, “a police officer told the ANI news agency.
Hospital authorities told ANI that “the attendant became violent after the death of the patient … it usually happens when someone dies” and that the situation was brought under control after the police arrived.
Delhi's Apollo hospital today. Relatives of a 62 year old covid patient went on a rampage. She needed an ICU bed but died. She was brought to Apollo last night but could not get admission in a ICU ward as there was none available.
— Saahil Murli Menghani (@saahilmenghani) April 27, 2021
Shocking footage from the incident shows a group of men fighting just inside the hospital doors.
A masked man in a gray shirt can be seen furiously attacking another (in a yellow shirt) with a lathi while three or four others, who appear to be security personnel, try to stop him. As the 27-second video plays, the man in the yellow jersey flees with his attacker in pursuit.
The video then focuses on a second clash, in which two men, one in a red shirt and the other in a white shirt, can be seen exchanging punches and kicks.
A larger group, including a man who looks like a hospital attendant and the lathi-carrying attacker from the first fight, then rushes forward as total chaos reigns. Then you can hear a woman screaming.
The group then dissolves when two or three men, presumably the attackers, flee and the rest pursue them. A woman can be heard saying: “Maaro usko, sahi baat hain (Hit him, that’s right) “.
Another voice can also be heard using expletives.
Delhi, like other parts of the country, is battling a devastating wave of Covid infections that has brought the city’s healthcare infrastructure to its knees.
Hospital beds, medicine, and oxygen supplies are in very short supply, and people are forced to rely on social media for help or, worse, camping on the streets with seriously ill family members and waiting for help.
On Monday, the city recorded 380 COVID-19-related deaths, the most in a 24-hour period.
It was the fifth day that Delhi recorded more than 300 deaths due to the coronavirus.
There were also more than 20,000 new cases; daily cases on the fifth day had crossed that mark.
This morning, the Delhi High Court, approached by hospitals over oxygen shortages, noted black market sales of drugs and oxygen and said “the entire AAP system has failed.”