COVID-19 patient, suspect commit suicide in Kerala

South India

One patient who had recovered and another admitted to the hospital with suspicion committed suicide in Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital by hanging. 

One COVID-19 patient and another person admitted to hospital with suspected infection have allegedly committed suicide in Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital (MCH) in Kerala on Wednesday (June 10).

Murukeshan (38), a native of Nedumangad on the outskirts of the city, was admitted on Tuesday. He ended his life on Wednesday evening by hanging on a ceiling fan in the isolation ward of the MCH. The employees, who saw Murukeshan hanging, immediately moved him to the intensive care unit but doctors could not save his life.

Earlier in the morning a 33-year-old patient, who fled from the MCH, committed suicide within the hospital after being brought back. The patient hailing from Anadu near Neyyattinkara in the district, hanged himself in the isolation ward on Wednesday.

The patient had tested positive for the virus on May 28 after he went to Tamil Nadu to purchase liquor during the lockdown and tested positive and was later shifted to the medical college. He escaped from the hospital on June 9 and reached his home.

The local panchayat authorities alerted the health department about his arrival. When health officials arrived with an ambulance to shift him, he was not willing to go and demanded liquor. It took an hour to convince him and he was taken back to the medical college, said an India Today report.

The patient had recovered and his two latest lab reports turned negative. The health authorities had planned to discharge him from the hospital on Wednesday.

Health Minister KK Shailaja Teacher ordered a probe about missing the Covid-19 patient from his isolation ward. According to a senior officials, the man was an "alcoholic with severe withdrawal symptoms". He has infected four other people who shared drinks with him.

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