Wagholi: COVID patient exposes poor facility at BJS College COVID Centre

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Sumit Singh

Pune, 19 July 2020: A Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) patient has exposed the poor facilities at the Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana (BJS) College in Wagholi, where a 300-bed COVID Care Centre has been established. The video of the patient is being widely shared on social media. He has appealed to patients to stay at home during treatment, rather than at the centre.

“After I tested positive on Monday, I was advised home quarantine, but later an ambulance was sent to my home and I was brought here. It is very unhygienic with no proper drinking water. It is unclean everywhere. In the last 24 hours, no doctor has come to check me,” he is heard saying in the video.


He further says, “We are not being provided breakfast or even water. I have bought water bottles. Therefore, I appeal to patients to stay at home for treatment rather than being admitted in such an unhygienic place.”


According to local health department officials, the patient was brought to the centre for violating home quarantine rules. “We are trying our best to provide services to the patients here,” an official said.


When contacted, Pune Zilha Parishad CEO Ayush Prasad told Punekarnews.in, “He is an asymptomatic patient. There is the paramedical staff who monitor vital parameters of the patients. Regular visit by a doctor, stationed outside, is not required for asymptomatic patients. Cleaning is being done daily. We have requested BJS authority for doing core repair work and whitewashing as government funds cannot be used for a private facility.”


BJS founder Shantilal Muttha said, “The facility has been under the possession of district administration since March. As there are COVID patients, our staff is not there. All amenities and services are being provided by the district administration.”