50-year-old Covid-19 patient jumps to death in Bengaluru

South India

The man was admitted with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection on Friday and was also suffering from kidney problems.


In a tragic incident, a 50 year old Covid-19 patient has jumped to his death from the third floor of the trauma care centre at the Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru on Monday morning.

The man, identified as Syed Babu, an auto driver who lived with his brother’s family at Tilaknagar locality, had tested positive for the coronavirus on April 24.

Babu, who was kept in the isolation ward, asked for idli for his breakfast in the morning, according to sources.  After staff went out to fetch it for him, the man took the emergency exit to the terrace of the building and jumped. He died on the spot.

Sources said the man, who was depressed over his coronavirus status, was shaken by the death of another patient in the same ward.

Babu, who was admitted to hospital with breathing problems, had been suffering with a kidney-related ailment for over 10 years, and had undergone dialysis on Sunday.

Dr Ramesh Krishna, principal, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute who jurisdiction covers the Covid-19 isolation ward in Trauma care centre, said that he was also suffering from hypertension.

Bengaluru South Deputy commissioner of police Rohini Katoch Sepat said that the suicide took place between 8.30 am and 9 am. “An investigation is being conducted by the hospital. After getting their report, we will conduct our own investigation. Entry to the quarantine wards is restricted to designated doctors, nurses and paramedical staff. Police personnel are deputed far away,’ she was quoted by Gohash as saying.

Karnataka has over 500 coronavirus cases, including 19 deaths (with agency inputs).

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