Mangaluru, June 04, 2020: Mangalore MLA and former health minister U T Khader urged the district administration to take all precautionary measures and operate a part of Wenlock Hospital for non-Covid-19 patients.
The poor patients who were dependent on Wenlock Hospital for treatment faced many inconveniences after the hospital was designated as Covid Hospital to treat those testing positive to Covid-19, Khader told reporters in DCC building on Wednesday.
The authorities can shift all the ventilators from the old wing of the Wenlock Hospital to the new super-speciality wing and Ayush wing to treat Covid-19 patients. The district administration and District In-charge Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary had promised that patients visiting Wenlock Hospital will get treatment in private hospitals free of cost.
But, poor people continue to face untold miseries. They have no money to pay for private hospitals. It takes a minimum of two days to get approval under the Ayushman Bharath scheme for treatment. Unless it is approved, private hospitals do not treat patients for free, he explained.
Further, all the diseases are not covered under Ayushman Bharath scheme. The district in-charge minister, MLAs and MP should have visited private hospitals to understand the miseries faced by poor patients. Health care is required along with Covid-19 care, the former health minister stressed.