Nurpur, May 10
Batan Singh (80), a poor resident of Jassur gram panchayat in Nurpur, was abandoned on the roadside near his house by an ambulance of the Health Department yesterday after his discharge from a dedicated Covid care centre at Dharamsala in Kangra district. Even his family members were reluctant to take him inside the house.
Batan Singh was found infected with the virus on May 1 and locals shifted him to the district Covid care centre the same day.
It could be a communication gap in contacting his family before discharging the octogenarian from the Covid care centre or negligence on the part of the ambulance driver, who left him on the roadside instead of leaving him with his family.
On seeing Batan Singh’s predicament, the gram panchayat contacted the Kangra DC, who asked the SDM to take necessary steps.
Nurpur SDM Surinder Thakur told The Tribune that he first coordinated with the SDM and Zonal Hospital authorities, Dharamsala, to get information on Batan Singh. “As per the new guidelines of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, he was kept at the Covid care centre for 10 days and was to undergo home quarantine for seven more days. The local gram panchayat was given directions to shift him into home isolation,” he said.
Dr Gurdarshan Gupta, Chief Medical Officer, Kangra, denied any lapse on the part of the Health Department but said it might be an error on the part of ambulance driver.