With the increase in the number of COVID-19 infected persons in India, tension ran at the Acharya Harihar Postgraduate Institute of Cancer (AHPGIC) on Saturday night. Cancer patients in AHPGIC, who tested positive for coronavirus have threatened the healthcare workers to infect them with the virus by coming in physical contact with them and refused to leave the hospital. They alleged that because of mismanagement of AHPGIC authorities, they contracted the virus.
This incident came to force after a video of the incident went viral on social media platforms on Sunday. In that video, the COVID-19 positive cancer patients were seen creating ruckus and threatening to touch hospital staffs and COVID warriors when the health officials were shifting 38 patients to a designated COVID-19 hospital with the help of NDRF personnel.
The first COVID-19 case in the cancer hospital was detected on June 24, a person from Ganjam district admitted to the hospital on June 19. Later, two nurses who came in contact with him was tested positive for coronavirus.
On June 29, 4 patients, one attendant and a staffer of an Aahaar centre on the hospital premises reported positive for coronavirus. On June 30, two more nurses reported positive. On July 2, 55 patients, including 18 cancer patients, 36 attendants and a staff nurse of the cancer hospital tested positive for the virus.
The COVID affected cancer patients made a statement that they contracted the virus because of the lack of management of Acharya Harihar Post Graduate Institute of Cancer authorities and want to infect them by making physical contact with them. According to reports they stated that “cancer had infected us and now coronavirus, we are going to die, and we will not allow you to live.”
The COVID affected cancer patients threatened the hospital staffs and corona warriors to touch them and refused to leave the hospital. Later, the local police reached the spot and pacified the patients.
According to reports, the person from Ganjam district reported positive for coronavirus on June 24, turned to be a super spreader infecting 111 persons in the hospital. And because of mismanagement in ensuring admission of the patient by not adhering to COVID-19 protocols, it has led to this situation.
The person from Ganjam district was admitted in a 30-bed central cancer ward in AHPGIC without screening. According to reports, there were at least two attendants engaged for each cancer patients in that ward. Later, the patient was referred to the Pulmonary Medicine department of SCB Medical College and Hospital for a checkup. But the doctors of the department did not advise to isolate the patient. So, several people in the hospital have contracted the virus from him.
On Saturday night, the collector of Cuttack, Shri Bhabani Shankar Chayani said, this incident was a fallout of an altercation between patients and the team engaged in shifting them to COVID hospitals. He also stated that all patients had been shifted from AHPGIC to different COVID hospitals, and the issue has been resolved.
With regards to allegations of mismanagement at AHPGIC by its authorities, Chayani said the matter is being investigated, and appropriate action would be taken if the authorities of Acharya Harihar Post Graduate Institute of cancer are found to be guilty.