Mangaluru: After a series of news reports claimed that a family hailing from Bhatkal on May 11 had hid facts to get treatment for a six-year old kid and had informed the hospital authorities that they hailed from Kundapur, the issue was widely shared and discussed on social media platforms.
Believed to be a COVID Hotspot in Uttara Kannada District, Bhatkal was already in headlines and this only added fuel to the fire. Soon, the social media users and media houses began blaming the family for manipulating facts and going out of the right way to get treatment for the kid. Several media reports had claimed that following the incident, the Tejasvini Hospital, where the patient was admitted had been completely sealed down and all the staff of the hospital were sent to quarantine.
The reports of the hospital being sealed down and staff being sent to quarantine was also proved wrong as no such measures were taken by the District Administration or by the hospital, hence a section of media houses were caught on the backfoot for delivering and spreading fake and baseless news in the backdrop of Corona Virus.
Tejasvini hospital where the kid was treated has now issued a clarification explaining the sequence of events that panned out on May 11 at the hospital. In the official statement the hospital have also made it a point that as reported by the media houses, the family did not hid or manipulate facts at the hospital.
The six-year old child, according to the hospital statement was admitted to the hospital with a displaced fracture of the elbow and absent pulse in the hand.
“As the child was hailing from a COVID Hotspot as Bhatkal had 10-12 Corona positive cases, the patient and mother were isolated and the district health officials were duly informed. As the mother was emotional and anxious it appeared that she had upper respiratory symptoms and hence once again the district health officials suggested getting a ‘throat swab’ done of both mother and child which was duly done by the health authorities in the evening of 11th May” the statement from hospital added.
“The family at no time hid the fact that they were from Bhatkal and infact had produced the ‘Aadhar card’ at the time of admission itself. What is important is that the family came to Mangalore for a medical emergency without hiding any facts and the needful was done and the child is now doing well” the hospital clarified in the statement.
The hospital further added that the child was recovering well and the pulse in her hand returned while the throat swabs report of both mother and the child returned negative following which both of them were discharged late evening on May 13.
The article was originally shared by Vartha Bharati