Mumbai doctor arrested for illegally treating Covid-19 patients at his clinic

A doctor was arrested for illegally treating Covid-19 patients at his hospital in Murtizapur town of Akola district in Mumbai, police said.

The action against the doctor was taken after health officer Dr Sudhir Karale found out that the accused, Dr Purshotam Chavake, had admitted two coronavirus patients at his Santkripa Clinic, Child and General Care Centre.

It was on the information that a team of doctors of the State Health Department raided the clinic run by Chavake. The team involved Dr Rajkumar Chauhan, the deputy director of Akola District Health office, Dr Vijay VijaySingh Jadhav, additional health officer, Dr Subhash Salunkhe, State Nodal officer for Covid along with Dr Karale.

During the surprise visit, the vigilance team found that two Covid-19 patients, in the age group of 68 and 45 years, were admitted to the clinic.

The state health team of doctors seized two files having details of the two patients and the medicines that were administered to the admitted patients.

Dr Rajkumar Chauhan, the deputy director of Akola District Health office, told India Today, “We have confirmed that the accused doctor does not have any legal permission from the state health department to treat or admit coronavirus infected patients, nor does he have any formal training for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.”

Dr Purshotam Chavake, the accused, has been booked under IPC 188,269, 270, 336, 420.

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, there are specific hospitals designated for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

Government agencies, time and again, have specifically mentioned that doctors without the government’s permission and without having formal training of Covid 19 treatment, should not admit people infected with Covid-19 at their clinics or hospitals. Doctors had been instructed that people having Covid-19 symptoms should be referred to designated hospitals for coronavirus treatment.

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