Covid-positive Rajasthan health minister goes on hospital jaywalk

Covid-positive Rajasthan health minister goes on hospital jaywalk

JAIPUR: Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma has given the phrase “going viral” a new definition by choosing to go about inspecting and interacting with patients at the hospital where he had been admitted for Covid treatment last Monday. Sharma’s tour of Jaipur’s RUHS Hospital, a day after he tested positive and opted for hospitalisation, on Thursday triggered demands from the opposition that he be booked under the Epidemic Act for allegedly violating Covid protocol.
“Despite testing positive, he took a round of the hospital and flouted the guidelines, sending out the wrong message to the people,” BJP’s Kalicharan Saraf, a former health minister, told TOI. Sharma has since moved into home isolation.
The next day, Sharma allegedly stepped out of his room — doctors in tow – and took a round of the hospital. He had inspected the new 70-bed ICU being built in the hospital and interacted with patients to get feedback on the facilities and treatment provided to them, officials said. Sawai Man Singh Medical College principal Dr Sudhir Bhandari, RUHS superintendent Dr Ajit Singh and several other doctors and officials accompanied the health minister during the inspection. He claimed to have adhered to safety protocol while going about the inspection.
The hospital administration said the health minister’s meeting with patients wasn’t against norms. Director of health Dr KK Sharma said, “He (health minister) was wearing a mask and a face shield, besides following social distancing while meeting other Covid patients.”

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