With swine flu spreading its tentacles in the state, the non-serious attitude of a government hospital has come to the fore with a case of suspected swine flu on whom tests were not conducted due to their "high cost". The patient was also refused admission to the hospital.
It was only after a complaint was lodged at the 104 helpline that the authorities at the Khanna civil hospital admitted Mukhtiar Kaur, who was suffering from high fever and had other symptoms of swine flu for the past many days.
Amanpreet Singh, grandson of Kaur, 72, had admitted her to a private nursing home 15 days ago when she developed high fever, cough and other symptoms similar to swine flu. The private nursing home discharged Kaur after treatment but she again developed similar symptoms and was admitted to a private hospital.
Doctors at the private hospital told Amanpreet that Kaur had symptoms of swine flu and asked him to admit her to the civil hospital where a treatment for the flu was available.
Amanpreet reached the Khanna civil hospital for admitting Kaur but the admission was allegedly refused. No tests were conducted, saying they cost around Rs 10,000.
Amanpreet claimed, "Doctors at the private hospital declared that my grandmother was suffering from swine flu and advised me to take her to the civil hospital for better treatment."
Later, Amanpreet made a call at 104 medical helpline, where a complaint was registered and the Khanna senior medical officer (SMO) was asked to admit the patient.
SMO Dr Manohar Lal said the woman was suffering from symptoms of swine flu and was admitted to the hospital. "Tests for confirmation of swine flu cost around Rs 10,000. The symptoms were not strong enough so the test was not conducted on her," said Dr Lal.