K'taka authorities allegedly turn a deaf ear to critically-ill patients from Kasaragod

K'taka authorities allegedly turn a deaf ear to critically-ill patients from Kasaragod

Agency News

Kasaragod, April 9 : After Supreme Court intervened and settled the Border issue with Karnataka authorities who had consented to allow the critically-ill patients from in and around Kasaragod and nearby areas to cross over to nearby Mangalore for getting urgent and critical care treatment, the Karnataka authorities is alleged to continue to be hostile either by blocking way ahead or turning a deaf ear to the patients reaching there.

It was on Wednesday onwards that the check post at Thalapadi near here on the Kozhikode-Mangalore National Highway was opened for the critically-ill patients to cross over to Mangalore hospitals for medical treatment.

However, reports reaching here said two out of the three critically-ill patients, who made it to Mangalore were allegedly ill-treated or given no treatment forcing them to return back to Kerala.

The alleged hostility on the part of the hospital authorities had resulted in defeating the very purpose of the apex court's intervention that facilitated permission to make it to Mangalore for treatment, health authorities pointed out.

That apart, the strict rule on producing a couple of medical certificates to get an entry for the critically- ill patients has also turned out to be a nightmare for the kith and kin of these seriously-ill patients for follow-up treatments, sources say.

Despite this, there has been severe criticism against the demand for producing what according to health department sources unrealistic medical certificates in letting ambulances carrying critically ill move over to Mangaloru through the Talapady check post at the border.

Medical teams from here are camping at the check post to examine and issue certificates and another team of doctors and paramedical staff are at the Karnataka side on the border to verify the credentials of the patients before letting them in.

Among the conditions laid down by the Karnataka Government to let in a patient from Kerala include certificates from a Government doctor here to certify that the patient is not Covid19-positive and that treatment to the patient is not available here.

The condition to produce a certificate to the effect that the patient is not covid-positive without conducting a pathological test was unrealistic and condemnable, health authorities here felt.

Meanwhile, one more person, Abdul Saleem, native of Uppala near here, who was denied entry to Mangalore recently, had died here on Thursday morning. The ambulance carrying Abdul Saleem was denied permission to cross over to Managlore on Tuesday last. With this, the number of critically ill patients from here dying for want of permission to make it to Mangalore for follow-up treatment rise to 11.

The gross inadequacies in critical and specialist treatment in Kasaragod has been the reason for many patients making it to Mangalore.

The residents in and around Kasaragod have been thronging Mangalore, where there are about a dozen high-tech and speciality hospitals, for treatment for long. That apart, Mangalore is just about 10 to 50 kms from anywhere in Kasaragod while it is as far as 100 kms to Kannur in Kerala where speciality treatment is available.

However, the health department has intensified its efforts in getting in place infrastructure to cater to the critically-ill patients within the district itself by equipping the district hospital in Kanhangad and two taluk hospitals.

Meanwhile, the semi-finished medical college here has been converted as a Covid-19 Speciality Clinic by setting up necessary infrastructure in just four days.

The first batch of six patients tested positive for Coronavirus had been admitted here yesterday. (UNI)