Relatives of a COVID-19 patient who died due to comorbidities attacked a doctor inside the isolation ward established on the eighth floor of the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
The assaulter, who himself is a COVID-19 patient, attacked a resident doctor on duty after his brother died.
The 56-year-old patient tested positive for COVID-19 and died due to comorbid conditions on Wednesday. His brother also tested coronavirus positive during contact tracing. Both were receiving treatment at the same hospital.
But after the death of his brother, the second patient lost his cool and attacked doctors and also broke a window at the hospital.
Hearing of the ruckus, the city police chief rushed to the hospital where doctors expressed anger over the attack.
Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender also condemned the attack on a doctor at Gandhi Hospital and assured strict action against the attacker and said “Two patients belonging to one family were admitted with coronavirus. After one person died, the relatives started beating doctors. In any case, we cannot ignore such incidents and let them pass. We will take strict action against the attackers. If doctors and medical staff are risking their lives to save our lives, we need to protect them also.”
A case has now been booked against the COVID-19 patient who attacked the doctor.
Security has also been increased at the hospital. One additional DCP has been deployed and made in-charge by the Hyderabad Commissioner of Police who visited the hospital and pacified angry doctors and medical staff there.