Pune: Pyramid Hospital Chief Dr Sameer Kulkarni booked by Daund Police for denying treatment to COVID-19 patients

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Pune, August 11, 2020: In this widespread COVID-19 pandemic when the whole country is reliant on healthcare workers and doctors, a doctor of Pyramid Hospital, Daund, has been booked on charges for denying treatment to COVID-19 patients.

Dr Sameer Kulkarni has been booked by Daund police station under Pune rural police. This incident came to light after the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Daund unit president Prashant Dhanwe along with other party workers protested against the doctor and reported this matter to the state Health Minister Rajesh Tope.

Pramod Gaikwad, Sub-Divisional Officer had ordered the Daund police to register an FIR against the doctor in connection with the complaints from Vaishali Nagawade, president of NCP’s women wing of Pune.

She had alleged that Dr Kulkarni had refused treatment to three COVID-19 patients. Two patients were from Daund and one from Yavat. She had also written a letter in this matter to the Health Minister and had registered a case with the Tehsildar of Daund.

The hospital is located at the Rajmata Ahilyadevi Sahakar Chowk. The local administration has acquired the hospital to provide COVID-19 treatment to the patients. It is also registered under the Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY) in which free treatment for COVID-19 patients is compulsory and the cost incurred is later reimbursed to the hospital by the state government.