Hyderabad : A day after a COVID patient’s son slapped a Post Graduate doctor at Osmania General Hospital (OGH), demanding discharge. The Hyderabad police booked a criminal case against the patient and his son. This is the third case registered against a COVID-19 patient in Telangana.

On April 14th, Tension brew at room no 116 , located on the hospital’s 2nd floor, when a patient ‘s son slapped a post graduate doctor Nikhil, who was  on duty.

According to the OGH doctor, the patient tested positive in the first round, while the reports for the second is awaited. ‘However the family has been insisting for discharge, which is not possible since the reports are awaited. While PG doctor Nikhil was on duty treating the patient on Tuesday, furious son (attender) of a patient slapped the doctor, resulting in him bleeding from his ear’ a doctor said.

The Telangana  Junior Doctors Association sat in protest demanding special force to be deployed at OGH in order to shield doctors from attacks .

A doctor ( name withheld ) told NewsMeter, “ Currently there are 10 COVID suspects admitted to the  OGH isolated ward. The beds are placed with less distance between each other due to space constraints. Many patients are anxicous over the delay of reports. For example, if one patient is declared COVID position today, the other report of another takes 3 days’.

He further adds, “ The report of the COVID patient has caused panic among the rest. We need more beds and medical facilities and protection so that this incidents don’t repeat’.

A day after the incident, The COVID patients and his son ( 23) were issued an arrested card and will be produced before the magistrate (virtually). ‘The incident at Osmania General Hospital which happened yesterday was also taken up promptly and with full seriousness.  These accused are booked under Section 332, 188, 269, 270, 271 IPC and Sec. 3 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 and Sec. 4 of Telangana Medicare Service person and Medicare Service Institution Act, 2008’ said Anjani Kumar – Commissioner of Police –for Hyderabad.

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