Family ‘refuses’ to take care of sick emergency healthcare worker

A health worker engaged in emergency response tasks in Guwahati to help the public during the COVID-19 pandemic has no one to take care of her when she has fallen sick as near and dear ones have refused to stand by her side.

An Emergency Response Officer at Emergency Response Centre of GVK-EMRI, Assam, had been in quarantine at a lodge in Guwahati after her swab sample was collected for testing of COVID-19 on June 29.

However, in the morning of July 2, she developed high fever while in quarantine and the management of the organization immediately took her to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati for necessary care and diagnosis.

The doctors at GMCH prescribed her medicines and sent her back to the lodge for quarantine.

Even after taking the prescribed medicines, her fever did not subside and the management again made arrangements for her to be shifted to GMCH the same evening, and was subsequently admitted into the emergency ward of GMCH along with a fellow colleague of hers for monitoring and care taking.

Her second swab sample was again taken at GMCH the next day on July 3, with results of both the tests yet to be declared.

The management contacted her family based in Hajo, Konwar Gaon, and asked them to immediately plan for her family members to come and take care of her.

“However, no family member showed their willingness to come and take care of her at GMCH. The management also went to the lengths of contacting the village head and Hajo Police to make them aware of the situation at hand and at the same time asked them to convince the family members of the employee to come to Guwahati as soon as possible but even after that they refused to come,” the GVK EMRI said in a press release on July 4.

It added, “We, the management of GVK EMRI-108 ‘Mrityunjoy’ Ambulance Service sincerely appeal to the family members to come to Guwahati and take care of her ailing daughter at the earliest possible.”

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