Ex gratia for post-Covid deaths too

PATNA

Post-Covid victims, who died after testing negative or being discharged from hospitals, will also be eligible for 4 lakh in compensation under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, an official said.

The state had so far released ex gratia funds for 3,737 Covid-19 victims, but it was not known how many of them received it. “We will have to check this and then go back,” Bihar’s additional chief secretary (health), Pratyaya Amrit, told a press conference on Wednesday.

The government had also included deaths from post-Covid complications while revising its cumulative number of deaths, leading to an increase in the number of deaths of 3,951 on June 8. The cumulative number of Covid-19 deaths in the state rose to 9,375 on June 8, up from 5,424 reported a day earlier.

In accordance with the Centre’s amended standards, a negative Covid-19 report was not required upon discharge of a patient from a healthcare facility. Patients without any Covid-19 symptoms like cough, cold or fever for three consecutive days could be discharged after 10 days of hospitalization, without a negative RT-PCR test report.

“Many health establishments had not counted post-Covid deaths. We have instructed district magistrates and civilian surgeons to also include all of these deaths while checking for Covid-19 deaths, ”Amrit said on Wednesday.

However, he did not specify the length of time until which these deaths will be treated as post-Covid deaths and the deceased’s next of kin will be entitled to compensation.

The government also did not share the split, which led to the accumulation of Covid deaths after the audit, although Amrit said the increase was due to deaths reported in private hospitals, in transit to health establishments, in isolation at home and for deceased persons. post-Covid complications. He said, however, that the government would take severe disciplinary action against the lax and callous officers responsible for this.

A day later Thursday, the health department still has not responded to requests to share reported deaths in private hospitals, crematoria, home isolation, people who died in transit and due to post-complications. Covid. Senior health officials did not respond to phone calls or text messages.

Patna, for example, which reported an 87.48% increase in deaths – up from 1,223 on June 7 to 2,293 on June 8 – recorded an increase of 1,070 deaths, but the district administration did did not share the breakdown of additional deaths. reported from.

“We have verified the deaths of Covid from different sources including private hospitals, crematoria, district control room and other sources,” said Chandrashekhar Singh, district magistrate of Patna. He did not develop.

Dr Sahajanand Prasad Singh, President (elect) of the Indian Medical Association, however, praised the government.

“The state government made a course correction and it was transparent enough to mention the actual number of Covid-19 deaths in the state,” Dr Singh said.

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