As second wave of the coronavirus is testing the country, families and attendants of COVID-19 patients are struggling to get beds at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) in Patna. One of the doctors at the hospital said that the "situation is not good" as most of the patients arriving at the hospital are critical. Dr Ajay Kumar Sinha said, "Situation is not good, we are receiving much more patients than we did the last time. Most of the patients we get are critical and need oxygen support." Currently there are 20,148 active cases in the state.
In a major goof-up, authorities at Patna Medical College and Hospital issued a death certificate of alive COVID-19 patient. Chunnu Kumar, aged 40 was admitted after apparently suffering from brain haemorrhage. PMCH issued the death certificate and his relatives were informed that he had passed away on April 11 due to Covid-19. Kavita Devi, wife of the patient said, "We were informed that he had died. But when I saw his face at the crematorium, I found that it was not his body". Talking about the same, PMCH superintendent Dr IS Thakur said, "Stern action will be taken against those found guilty."
COVID cases continued to surge in Bihar and during this time, jewellers in Patna are facing hardship. The increased number of COVID cases has hampered jewellery sales during wedding season. A jeweller in Patna said, "Last year was very bad for us. But this year too, business prospects are not good for us, especially for small jewellers catering to middle-class families because they are struggling with extreme cash crunch. This has affected our business." The rescheduling or cancelling of wedding have directly hit the sales and a jeweller said, "Jewellery sales are not up to our expectations because weddings are being rescheduled or cancelled due to rising cases." A few customers are visiting the stores due to COVID fear.
Family members of a COVID-19 patient, who died in ICU ward on April 14, allegedly vandalised Mayaganj hospital in Bihar's Bhagalpur. Narrating the incident, patient's nephew Pravin said, "My uncle lost his life due to negligence by doctors and nurses." Further details are awaited.
Speaking on increasing fresh cases of COVID-19 in the state, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, on April 13, said that the state has increased its bed capacity in hospitals. "The number of positive cases has increased in the state. The number of beds has been increased in medical colleges/hospitals including Nalanda Medical College and AIIMS Patna," he said while speaking to mediapersons.
A violent mob lit the truck on fire in Patna on Mar 25 after it collided with a motorcycle, killing two people, including a woman. The incident happened at NH-30 in Kankarbagh area. SDO of Patna Sadar, Nitin Kumar Singh said, "Truck's driver is on the run but we've registered the case. Bodies sent for post-mortem."