In an inhuman act, five private hospitals have discharged the swine flu patients in critical condition allegedly due to lack of funds needed to continue treatment. Divisional Commissioner Akash Tripathi has directed the chief medical and health officer Dr Pravin Jadia to investigate the matter and also to lodge police complaint against the hospitals if they had discharged the patients due to lack of money.
During a review meeting of swine flu on Tuesday, Tripathi directed health officials to intensify screening of patients in hospitals. He also directed Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme incharge to launch survey where patients of swine flu were identified most. Besides, Tripathi ordered Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College to start a swine flu OPD in MY Hospital immediately. The OPD will be run by doctors between 5 pm and 6 pm.
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Free Press had carried a news report pointing out that swine flu patients are facing trouble in getting treatment in private hospitals. Along with discharging patients in critical condition, hospitals are charging patients for swine flu treatment even when they test negative.