Death of Mumbai hospital worker sparks protest by colleagues
The death of a health worker at the King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital here triggered a protest by employees on Tuesday alleging apathy by the city civic body towards their working conditions during the coronavirus crisis.
The paramedics and doctors protested outside the hospital in masks and protective gears.
The worker, died on May 24 after suffering from high grade fever, loss of taste and body pain. He worked in a COVID-19 ward & had been exhibiting symptoms since May 20, but was 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗧𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗗 𝗼𝗿 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲. Shame on @OfficeofUT!! https://t.co/BRClieoTFU— Vikas Pandey (@MODIfiedVikas) May 26, 2020
A staff union official at KEM, a municipal hospital, claimed the worker was not sanctioned sick leave despite complaining about body pain.
'The worker had complained of body ache and weakness over the last two days but he was not sanctioned leave,' the official said. He also claimed the worker hardly received any treatment and was not even tested for coronavirus.
Inside KEM hospital the doctors and nurses are working with almost super human strength to provide the poorest in the city with treatment. But they need help— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) May 20, 2020
Story out today at 2pm. pic.twitter.com/b4DdMsOlSt
'His death shows the civic administration's apathy towards us. If we are not given (basic protection like) gloves and face shields, our life could be in danger,' he said.
Like other healthcare facilities, the KEM Hospital, run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, has been stretched to the limit because of rising virus cases and inadequate staff.
Among more than 52,000 coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, 31,972 cases were reported from Mumbai city, where the death toll crossed the 1,000-mark on Monday.
Meanwhile, a shocking photograph, showing bodies on stretchers lining a hospital corridor, went viral on social media.
BJP MLA Nitesh Rane tweeted the photo with a caption reading: This is KEM hospital Mumbai!