Delhi Health Minister shifted to Max Hospital for plasma therapy

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on June 19, 2020

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, who has been battling Covid-19, has been shifted to private-run Max Hospital in Saket from the government Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital (RGSSH) in Dilshad Garden where he was earlier admitted.

Jain is believed to be administered plasma therapy in Max hospital. His latest CT scan shows that the pneumonia patch in his lungs has increased despite being on continuous oxygen.

On May 30, Jain had visited GTB Hospital in Delhi to review preparedness for Covid treatment. On June 17, Jain said that his Covid-19 test was positive, after an initial test two days previously, which had been reported negative even as Jain had shown symptoms of the virus.

A day earlier, on June 16, Jain was hospitalised after high grade fever and a sudden drop in his oxygen levels.

The move to a private hospital, has raised eye brows with patients’ relatives complaining on social media alleging discrimination in the way beds are allotted.

A tweet said, “Satyendra Jain first tested negative but was again tested positive because his symptoms were similar… now he tests positive… Imagine if this is happening to others. Most will not get tested a second time.”

Another tweet asked, “When Delhi govt has known all along that private facilities are needed, particularly for critical care, why refuse to regulate to make it accessible for regular people?”

Published on June 19, 2020

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