In viral videos from five days ago, families of Covid victims enter a Gurgaon hospital to find no doctor or staff and then find doors to the ICUs locked. Then, in a horrifying moment, they enter the ICU to find body after body.
In the chilling clip, the camera focuses on patients lying still in ICU beds and a person saying in the background – “dead, dead…”
Six Covid patients died on Friday night at the Kriti Hospital in Gurgaon – the day the videos were taken — reportedly due to oxygen shortage. Three of them were in the ICU.
The videos show relatives running around wards, finding not a doctor or staff member, just empty desks. “Neither the doctor is here, nor the chemist… no one at the reception. There is not even a guard,” says a voice.
The videos show enraged family members walking through nurse stations, wards and cabins highlighting missing doctors and staff. Enraged relatives argue with policemen and ask how doctors can be allowed to desert their patients and leave them to die.
The relatives claim doctors and staff abandoned ICU patients and fled after the hospital ran out of oxygen. They angrily confront the police.
“How can you allow doctors to run away like this? Only someone who loses their loved ones can understand how we feel,” said a man to two policemen who apparently just arrived.
Family members blamed the hospital for oxygen shortage and negligence. “My nephew died. I brought three cylinders on my own for him but they finished within minutes and he died. There was no more Oxygen,” said one relative.
Another lost his brother. “My brother who was a very fit 40-year-old man died. The hospital could never give clarity on Oxygen situation. My brother died due to Oxygen shortage,” he said/
The hospital administration says the doctors were in the building, “hiding in the canteen” for fear of being attacked by families over the lack of oxygen.
Hospital Director Swati Rathore told NDTV that the hospital had informed every government official from 2 pm that day that they were about to run out of oxygen.
“We had informed relatives of the patients from 4 pm to shift their patients due to the oxygen crisis. But no help came and there were six casualties around 11 pm,” Dr Rathore said.
She claimed she asked her staff to hide in the canteen to save their own lives as six days previously (April 24) attendants of other patients had violently assaulted their staff and an FIR had been registered by the hospital.
“I feared that my staff would lose their lives this time. The staff never left the hospital that night. They hid temporarily to save their lives,” said the hospital director.
“All 15-20 staff members resumed duties as soon as police arrived at the spot on Friday night.”
The hospital says currently six Covid patients are admitted and at the moment, there is enough oxygen. “But the crisis still lingers every few hours,” she admitted.
The Gurgaon administration said the footage is old and has nothing to do with the current situation.