Assam: Woman dies after hospitals allegedly refuse admission
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Assam: Woman dies after hospitals allegedly refuse admission

GUWAHATI | AUG 22, 2020:

A 36-year-old woman from Assam's Tinsukia district, died on Thursday after she was allegedly refused treatment by doctors of multiple hospitals, including a government facility.

The deceased, who suffered a brain stroke, was identified as Rajashree Borthakur – a housewife and the mother of a five-month-old daughter.

A family member of the deceased, Priyanka Rajkhowa, disclosed the whole incident via a Facebook post.

She said that Rajashree died five minutes after reaching a hospital in Dibrugarh district which had agreed to admit her.

"One hospital in Tinsukia and five in Dibrugarh denied her admission saying that they are treating only Covid-19 patients. Doctors in Marghetita asked us to take her to Tinsukia as we do not have CT-scan facilities. However, she died without any treatment," Rajkhowa said.

Taking to her Facebook handle, she posted: "THIS IS AN ANTI POLITICAL POST. I have no grudge against any medical person. Yet apart from appreciating the medical persons for their Covid-19 duties, every other victim are dying sad deaths. I share this from my personal experience. Yesterday we lost a family member. A 36-year-old sister in law. She left behind a 5-month-old daughter and us."

"She had suffered from a brain stroke on Wednesday night at around 9:30 pm. From then, till around 12:30 pm on Thursday, we were just roaming around with her from one hospital to another. We finally reached a hospital in Dibrugarh which had agreed to admit her but she lost her life as soon as the doctor asked the nurse to start oxygen supply," Rajkhowa added.

"She was turned away from three hospitals in Margherita. The doctors of Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, too, refused to treat her. All of them said the same thing that they don't treat patients who are not affected by the novel coronavirus," she said.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Dibrugarh, Pallav Gopal Jha, said, "We will inquire into the incident. Let the family file a written complaint with us and we will take action."

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