In a tragic and dramatic turn, an 80-year old senior citizen who moved to the Delhi High Court urging for direction to the Delhi administration to provide him bed in a government hospital for Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) treatment, died on Thursday, May 4. The Delhi High Court has, apparently, listed the case for hearing on Friday, May 5. However, the case will be declared infructuous as the petitioner has died, his counsel informed news agency ANI.
The deceased COVID-19 patient had filed the petition on June 2 in the Delhi HC against the, alleged, injustice by Delhi’s top hospitals by not admitting him. In the petition, the deceased senior citizen alleged that he had approached AIIMS, MAX Hospital at Patparganj, Rajiv Gandhi Hospital, Apollo Hospital and Gangaram Hospital after he was confirmed positive for COVID-19. The petition further alleged that the hospitals refused to admit him citing no vacant bed available.
The petition had urged the Delhi HC to direct the Union Territory administration to accommodate him in a government hospital and provide free treatment, in the interest of justice, under the government run Below Poverty Line (BPL) scheme. However, unfortunately, the petitioner couldn’t survive to see the power of the judiciary in the matter.
The senior citizen had briefed the Delhi HC in his petition that he got infected by the deadly virus due to the negligence on the part of the hospital staff. He alleged that he was admitted to a private hospital after he fell ill. He further alleged that due to the negligence by the hospital staff, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 later. The petitioner was kept on ventilator but his son was, allegedly, pressured to shift him elsewhere as the hospital lacks the required equipment.