COVID-19 not cause of Karnataka patient’s death: Docs

 Mohammed Hussein Siddiqui, the 76-year-old COVID-19 patient from Karnataka, has died due to co-morbidity (presence of more health conditions other than the one acknowledged), according to the doctors. He was tested positive for COVID-19.

The patient had visited Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage from January 29 to February 29.

The doctors said he was a known case of Hypertension and Asthma. He returned to Hyderabad on February 29 and went to Kalaburgi. He did not show any symptoms on his return. However, he developed symptoms of fever and cough on March 6. One private doctor visited him at his home and treated him there.

On March 9, the symptoms got aggravated and he was shifted to a private hospital in Kalaburgi. In this private hospital he was provisionally diagnosed as “mid zone Viral Pneumonia” and “suspected COVID-19”.

The sample was collected on 09.03.2020 by Viral Research Diagnostic Laboratory, GIMS, Kalaburgi to rule out COVID-19 and sample was dispatched to VRDL, BMC&RI, Bengaluru. Without waiting for the test results, the attendees insisted and the patient was discharged against medical advice (DAMA) and the attendees took him to a private hospital in Hyderabad.

As per instructions of Deputy Commissioner, Kalaburgi District, the DHO met the attendees to convince them to admit the patient  to the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS), Kalaburgi in the isolation ward set up at the Institute. But the attendees refused to listen to him. They transferred him to Hyderabad without his knowledge.

The patient was admitted in a private hospital in Hyderabad and treated. Later he was discharged and while he was being brought back he died on the way to the GIMS, Kalaburgi on 10.03.2020.

All the precautionary measures as per protocol such as contact tracing, screening and home quarantine of the contacts have been initiated by the District Health and Family Welfare Department, Karnataka and being monitored continuously.