Patient from Lilong dies after being ‘refused’ treatment and was referred between hospitals

Patient from Lilong dies after being ‘refused’ treatment and was referred between hospitals

TMB Report

Thoubal: In one of the most tragic incident, a patient died in miserable way at the gates of JNIMS on Sunday after he was referred to and shifted between hospitals, apparently with the hospitals denying him treatment after it was learned that he was from Lilong in Thoubal district.

The deceased has been identified as Md. Iqbal Khan (35), S/o Abdul Ajis of Lilong Haoreibi Makha Leikai in Thoubal district.

On Friday (July 24), Iqbal had a complaint of breathing problem along with liver issue and was taken to a private clinic in Lilong for first aid. Later that night, after the first aid he was taken to the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and admitted in the ICU. Then on Sunday morning, the doctor who was treating him said that there was a need for operation. However, due to unforeseen circumstances the operation cannot be performed at JNIMS, the doctor said and referred them to a private hospital near RIMS.

However, according to reports, when they arrived at the private hospital and when the staff learned that the patient was from Lilong, he was refused admission and referred to RIMS. But again, at RIMS, even after the admission was done, the patient was apparently denied treatment.

After being denied treatment at the private hospital and RIMS, the patient was again brought to JNIMS. However, he died before they could reach the hospital; at the gate at around 4:00 PM.

Expressing grievances over the incident, Darool Uloom Madrassa Secretary, Haji Maheijuddin said that Iqbal Khan died due to the negligence and apprehension of the doctors that since he came from Lilong and that those who come from Lilong bring or spread coronavirus. Even if the patient died from his own sickness, the way he was treated and looked at by the doctors is very unfortunate, Maheijuddin added.

He also questioned if there was an order from the state government that patients from Thoubal district or the minority Muslims cannot be treated. Covid-19 is a universal virus and the state government has come up with measures such as lockdown and curfew to help contain it. However, for a patient to be treated this way, it has not only hurt the family of the deceased but also the people of the district, he added.

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