Assam Hospital Goofs Up, Discharges A COVID-19 Positive Patient Instead Of The Recovered Patient

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In what comes across as a shocking misjudgment from the hospital authority, a hospital is Assam discharged a COVID19 positive patient instead of the one who was recovered successfully.

According to a report in the Indian Express, the Assam government-run Mangaldai Civil Hospital of the Darrang district mistakenly discharges a coronavirus positive patient instead of the one who had actually recovered successfully. The district officials have ordered a probe into the accident. The report said,


“The hospital authorities took a decision on discharging one Hamid Ali and five others as they recovered from COVID-19. While the persons were discharged at 7 pm on Wednesday, the authorities mixed up Hamid Ali with Hanif Ali. So, instead of Hamid Ali, they discharged Hanif Ali along with Nazrul Islam, Sajidul Haque, Sikander Ali, Sahidul Haque, and Osman Goni.”

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Courtesy: New Indian Express

‘Mix-up of Names’

The patients were taken away in the ambulance in the presence of the local Member of Legislative Assembly Gurujyoti Das and the District Magistrate Dilip Kumar Bora and even the Superintendent of Police Amrit Bhuyan. The District Magistrate said that the mix up happened because both the patients had similar-sounding names. He said,

“It was a mix-up. All of them were in-home quarantine when health officials on Thursday morning learned from Hanif Ali being wrongly discharged. So, he was readmitted to the hospital. His swab same was collected and he tested negative on Thursday evening. He will be discharged today (Friday). Hamid Ali has been already discharged. The problem was created as everyone wears a mask nowadays.”

The two patients, Hamid Ali and Hanif Ali hail from the same village that is Dalgaon Sialmari village in the Darrang district. The probe ordered by the District Magistrate will be headed by the Additional District Magistrate. The probe has been ordered to submit the report within three days.

However, this is not the first instance of such incidents in the hospital. In an incident in 2015, two children, one belonged to the Bodo family and the other to the Muslim family, were exchanged after birth. It was only three years later, after the families conducted DNA tests, the families agreed to trade the babies although the children were against the separation from their non-biological parents.



Source: The Indian Express