A 25-year old man from Mumbai’s Dharavi said on social media that his mother passed away after suffering stroke at a quarantine facility in the city.
Sohrab Farooqui’s mother Anasari Bano, 55, died even before she could be taken to the hospital.
She passed away ay the Rajeev Gandhi Sports Complex, which has been set up as a Covid-19 quarantine facility.
It may be noted that nine members of the Farooqui family were identified as high-risk contacts and were subsequently taken to the quarantine facility.
“On April 10 around midnight, a team of police and BMC medical officers arrived in our area looking for our neighbour. As he was already admitted at Seven Hills Hospital. The officials then asked us to get ready to be shifted to quarantine facility as we were high-risk contacts. We were shifted at 4 am from our house,” said Sohrab Farooqui.
Farooqui said that his father, mother, brother, sister-in-law, their kids, two nephews and him were taken the quarantine facility.
“In a room, 32 people were kept. There were two toilets one for ladies and one for gents. It was unhygienic. My mother suffered from diabetes and blood pressure issues. Due to which she was not able to walk properly,” Farooqui said.
Farooqui further alleged that he was not provided with medicines and a wheelchair for his mother.
“We were brought here at 4 am and did not get enough medicines for her. We were not allowed to fetch medicines for her later and the BMC staff provided us with her medicine of Monday, March 14,” he said.
“The same night she went to the washroom which was quite a long walk given comorbid conditions and collapsed while returning. It took half an hour for the authorities to arrange a taxi,” he added.
“They took her Sion Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.”
Farooqui and other family members at the quarantine facility got to know about Ansari Bano’s death from a relative who reached Sion Hospital.
“Our tests were done on April 15 in the afternoon and in the evening we were sent home. We were kept like animals and no one paid heed to what we had to say. My mother died in front of us and we were not able to do anything. She suffered a stroke, she was sweating and white fluid came out of their mouth,” Farooqui said.
The municipal corporation responded to the allegation and said that standard protocol was followed.
“As per protocol, they were kept in quarantine as they were high-risk contacts. Some of them also tested positive later. We have made proper arrangements at the facility. In the above case, the woman was examined by a doctor who advised medicines. The lady was being taken to a hospital and died on the way. The family has now been sent home and advised quarantine,” said Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, G-North ward.
Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum area, has reported 17 Covid-19 cases and 8 deaths since April 1.