Skip to main content
Sabrang
Sabrang
Health

UP: Former District Judge blames administration for Covid affected wife’s death

He stated in his open letter that that no ambulance or medicines were sent to his residence, despite frantic calls

Sabrangindia 16 Apr 2021

Image Courtesy:barandbench.com

A retired District Judge, Ramesh Chandra has written an open letter regarding his wife’s demise due to Covid-19 in Lucknow, highlighting the inept healthcare facilities in Uttar Pradesh.

The letter, according to Bar & Bench, reads, “My wife, Madhu Chandra died due to the administration’s negligence. The present situation is so bad that there is nobody to pick up the dead body. Please help!”

As per the former Judge’s letter, both of them had tested positive for Covid-19 and were under home quarantine. “Since yesterday morning, I have been trying to call everyone, but no one is attending my calls, even the basic home isolation (Covid -19 medicines) was not delivered on time”, reported Bar & Bench.

Reacting to this, Advocate Haider Ali, a relative of the Chandra’s, told Bar & Bench that Madhu Chandra had received both rounds of the vaccine. “Today the mother of a close friend died because of covid. She didn’t even get a bed in the hospitals. Her husband is a retired district judge, he kept trying to somehow get his wife admitted in a hospital but the situation is so pathetic and dreadful that she was not even sent medicines. Also, she was vaccinated (taken both the shots of vaccine)”, he said.

Uttar Pradesh has over 95,000 active infection cases with several people complaining of ambulances not reaching them in time, unavailability of hospital beds, shortage of medicines, etc. A letter written by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet minister (law), Brijesh Pathak states the collapse of the healthcare system in the state, especially the worsening condition in Lucknow.

The letter which went viral on social media, was a confidential one and was addressed to additional chief secretary, medical health, Amit Mohan Prasad and principal secretary, medical education, Alok Kumar. The minister wrote, “I am shocked to find that while government hospitals and labs are taking around 4-5 days to give the test reports, private laboratories have been asked to stop Covid testing.”

He also reportedly mentioned the paucity of test kits and testing facilities in the state capital, an issue that other citizens too have been raising. He wrote that there was a need for at least 17,000 coronavirus test kits a day but barely 10,000 were available in Lucknow.

At present, CM Adityanath and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav have both tested positive for Covid-19. As per a report in The Indian Express, the state’s recovery rate has reduced to 85 per cent from around 98 per cent at the end of March. Overall, India has recorded its highest number at a staggering 2,17,000 cases in the last 24 hours.

Related:

Uttar Pradesh is reeling under Covid-19 crisis, who is in charge?
State should have done more: Gujarat HC on Covid crisis
Covid-19: Bihar Hospitals face shortage of beds, patients being turned away

UP: Former District Judge blames administration for Covid affected wife’s death

He stated in his open letter that that no ambulance or medicines were sent to his residence, despite frantic calls

Image Courtesy:barandbench.com

A retired District Judge, Ramesh Chandra has written an open letter regarding his wife’s demise due to Covid-19 in Lucknow, highlighting the inept healthcare facilities in Uttar Pradesh.

The letter, according to Bar & Bench, reads, “My wife, Madhu Chandra died due to the administration’s negligence. The present situation is so bad that there is nobody to pick up the dead body. Please help!”

As per the former Judge’s letter, both of them had tested positive for Covid-19 and were under home quarantine. “Since yesterday morning, I have been trying to call everyone, but no one is attending my calls, even the basic home isolation (Covid -19 medicines) was not delivered on time”, reported Bar & Bench.

Reacting to this, Advocate Haider Ali, a relative of the Chandra’s, told Bar & Bench that Madhu Chandra had received both rounds of the vaccine. “Today the mother of a close friend died because of covid. She didn’t even get a bed in the hospitals. Her husband is a retired district judge, he kept trying to somehow get his wife admitted in a hospital but the situation is so pathetic and dreadful that she was not even sent medicines. Also, she was vaccinated (taken both the shots of vaccine)”, he said.

Uttar Pradesh has over 95,000 active infection cases with several people complaining of ambulances not reaching them in time, unavailability of hospital beds, shortage of medicines, etc. A letter written by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet minister (law), Brijesh Pathak states the collapse of the healthcare system in the state, especially the worsening condition in Lucknow.

The letter which went viral on social media, was a confidential one and was addressed to additional chief secretary, medical health, Amit Mohan Prasad and principal secretary, medical education, Alok Kumar. The minister wrote, “I am shocked to find that while government hospitals and labs are taking around 4-5 days to give the test reports, private laboratories have been asked to stop Covid testing.”

He also reportedly mentioned the paucity of test kits and testing facilities in the state capital, an issue that other citizens too have been raising. He wrote that there was a need for at least 17,000 coronavirus test kits a day but barely 10,000 were available in Lucknow.

At present, CM Adityanath and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav have both tested positive for Covid-19. As per a report in The Indian Express, the state’s recovery rate has reduced to 85 per cent from around 98 per cent at the end of March. Overall, India has recorded its highest number at a staggering 2,17,000 cases in the last 24 hours.

Related:

Uttar Pradesh is reeling under Covid-19 crisis, who is in charge?
State should have done more: Gujarat HC on Covid crisis
Covid-19: Bihar Hospitals face shortage of beds, patients being turned away

Related Articles

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Theme

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Campaigns

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

IN FACT

Analysis

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Archives