Centre’s note says he was shifted from Kalaburagi hospital against medical advice
In the aftermath of the first Covid-19 death in India, a release by the government of India has stated that the 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi in Karnataka was a pre-existing case of hypertension and asthma.
He visited Saudi Arabia from January 29 to February 29, reached Hyderabad on February 29 and went to Kalaburagi.
While he was asymptomatic on his return, he developed symptoms of fever and cough on March 6 and was home-treated by a private doctor. On March 9, the symptoms got aggravated and he was shifted to a private hospital in Kalaburagi, where he was provisionally diagnosed as ‘mid zone viral pneumonia’ and ‘suspected Covid-19′.
His sample was collected on March 9 by Viral Research Diagnostic Laboratory, GIMS, Kalaburagi and sent to VRDL, BMC&RI, Bengaluru. Without waiting for the test results, on his attendees’ insistence he was discharged against medical advice (DAMA) and taken to a private hospital in Hyderabad.
As per instructions of the Deputy Commissioner, Kalaburagi District, the DHO met the attendees to convince them to admit the patient to the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS). But the attendees refused to listen and shifted him to Hyderabad.
After being treated at the Hyderabad hospital, he was discharged and died on the way back to GIMS on March 10.
Home quarantine of all his contacts has been initiated by the District Health and Family Welfare Department, Karnataka.