Man in Kerala dies after allegedly refused admission in hospitals

Kottayam: In a tragic incident, a 62-year old man died after doctors allegedly denied admission at a government medical college hospital when he was rushed there in a serious condition.

According to a media report, Jacob Thomas from Idduki was suffering from severe fever. He was admitted to a hospital in Kattappana in the district two days ago and was then referred to the KMCH.

his relatives first rushed him to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital (KMCH) at 2.10 pm but he was denied admission and he was refused treatment at two other hospitals after that. Thomas died about a couple hours later after that. Thomas was brought again to KMCH at 4 pm, but was found dead.

The relatives alleged the doctors at the KMCH even refused to confirm his death. The doctors had  apparently informed them that all ventilators in the medical college hospital were in use. The relatives also claimed authorities of two private hospitals also denied him treatment and said legal action would be initiated against them.

The State government directed the Medical Education Director to conduct an inquiry and submit a report on the issue. Health Minister K K Shailaja told mediapersons that action would be taken against hospital authorities if negligence on their part was proved in the probe.


The incident came even as the Nihpah virus resurfaced in the state after a year with a 23-year-old student being confirmed to be infected with it and over 300 people from various districts with whom he had interacted under observation.

NT Bureau