Thalapady, March 31, 2020: The Kerala border areas where Karnataka police used to block ambulances carrying patients from here is now witnessing an exchange of patients and medicines during the lockdown.
The patients discharged from hospitals in Mangaluru are taken till Karnataka border in one ambulance. There will be another ambulance arranged at the Kerala border. The patients and bystanders will board this ambulance on foot while Karnataka police shouting at and threatening them.
Emergency medicines also are handed over in the same way. One person carries the medicine till border while another one waits at the border. They will hand over the medicines after police interrogation. Both will leave the place at the earliest. There are many such exchanges taking place at Thalappadi.
Thamarassery native Nishad and Sajida admitted their 8-year-old son Nisham in Yenepoya hospital on March 18. He was suffering from fever. Though they were discharged on Sunday, they could not come back as connection ambulance was not arranged, Nishad told Mathrubhumi over phone.
Kannur Kakkad native Haneef and Banu had taken their daughter to Hegde Hospital for a dental treatment and were admitted there for the past two months. They were forcefully discharged on Monday saying that the hospital was taken up for COVID-19 treatment. Thus the family reached Thalappadi in one ambulance and continued journey to Kerala in another ambulance.
Manjeshwaram Kunjathur native Muhammed Ashraf waited at the state border for getting medicine for his 4-year-old son who is suffering from kidney disease since birth. He is being treated at Father Muller hospital in Mangaluru. As they could not pass the border for treatment, Ashraf contacted them over phone. They agreed to hand over the medicine at the border.
A person arrived at the state border with medicines and reported in police. Then Ashraf was summoned by them. "I could see the police threatening while receiving the medicines. When they let us leave, I just ran to the vehicle. This is mere cruelty" Ashraf said.