Swati Maliwal’s grandad dies waiting for a bed in Greater Noida | Delhi News – Times of India

GREATER NOIDA/NEW DELHI: Janardhan Swaroop, grandfather of Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal, passed away on Thursday evening, waiting to get admission to a Covid hospital where his family had rushed him but could not get immediate admission as the wards were packed with patients.
The family rushed the octogenarian, a Noida resident, to Sharda Hospital, a designated Covid facility, in Knowledge Park III after finding an ambulance. “We got confirmation from the Gautam Budh Nagar administration and official sources of a bed at Sharda hospital. The information was also passed on to the integrated control room in Noida, facilitating admission. Since he was a Noida resident, we thought it will not be difficult to access health services in Noida,” a close aide of Maliwal said.
However, on reaching the hospital, the family alleged they were made to wait outside for over an hour during which Swaroop collapsed. Maliwal later tweeted, “My nana died waiting for emergency support in front of Sharda Hospital Greater Noida. I kept standing there for half hour and pleading for admission and nothing happened. Shame! Pathetic!”
The DCW chief told TOI, “My grandparents live in Noida and since my grandfather was down with Covid, I spoke to someone at a Noida hospital where I was promised a bed too. We couldn’t even find an ambulance initially. However, when we reached the hospital, I was made to run around for an hour after which they denied giving us a bed. By that time, his condition was deteriorating and we eventually lost him.”
The hospital told TOI it did not have a ventilator or ICU bed that it could allot to Swaroop immediately. Ajeet Kumar, spokesperson for Sharda hospital, said, “We kept trying to arrange for a bed for Janardhan ji when he reached our hospital. Since we were not informed about his need and condition in advance, we could not offer a ventilator or ICU bed to him on an immediate basis. We have a lot of critical patients. Ventilator beds and ICU wards are packed to capacity.”

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