Dry toilet taps for 16 hours, COVID patient shoots video to highlight apathy

He said he had submitted a complaint with Haryana Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta but nothing had been done

Dry toilet taps for 16 hours, COVID patient shoots video to highlight apathy

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 9

A video shot by a Panchkula COVID-19 patient showing an acute water crisis at the toilet of COVID Care Centre at Sector-6 Civil Hospital was widely shared on social media.

The patient, who identified himself as SK Diwan, alleged that 25 patients admitted with him couldn’t use the toilet at the COVID ward owing to no water for 16 hours.

The footage begins with the patient showing dry washbasin and bathroom taps.

He also alleged the toilets were not clean and are in bad condition.

In another selfie video, the patient claimed they had appraised the ward in-charge of the matter, who told him they had raised the issue with higher authorities, but to no avail.

He said he had submitted a complaint with Haryana Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta but nothing had been done.

“We (patients) can neither use the toilet due to the prevailing condition nor we can step outside. Hence, I appeal administration to look into the matter,” added the patient in a desperate voice.

When contacted, CMO Dr Jasjeet Kaur said the matter had been resolved.

The Tribune had earlier highlighted negligence of patients admitted at BRS Dental College in Barwala, a dedicated COVID Care Centre in Panchkula, who had been forced to clean wards due to inadequate housekeeping staff.

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