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COVID-19 patient 'thrashed' inside Rajkot Civil Hospital in viral video

As the video went viral on social media platforms, hospital authorities on Thursday claimed the patient was "mentally disturbed" and was being restrained, and not thrashed.

Published: 17th September 2020 10:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2020 10:43 PM   |  A+A-

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a passenger for COVID-19 test at a facility erected at a railway station to screen people coming from outside the city, in Ahmedabad, India. (Photo | AP)

By PTI

AHMEDABAD: A video has surfaced purportedly showing a coronavirus patient being thrashed by nursing staff and security personnel inside the Rajkot Civil Hospital in Gujarat.

As the video went viral on social media platforms, hospital authorities on Thursday claimed the patient was "mentally disturbed" and was being restrained, and not thrashed, to avoid inflicting injuries to himself or others in the medical facility.

In the video, shot around a week back, nursing staff in PPE kit can be seen struggling to overpower the patient lying on the floor.

It was not known who shot the video.

While one person in PPE kit sits on the patient, another can be seen slapping and asking him to stay calm.

A security man also uses force to control the patient.

"The staff was only trying to make sure the patient does not hurt himself or others. Though the nursing staff had asked him to behave, he did not listen to them."

"He even tried to remove his clothes. Thus, the staff tried hard to restrain him and take him back to his bed," said hospital superintendent Dr Pankaj Buch.



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