Thiruvananthapuram: In a case of gross negligence in medical care, maggots were found in bedsores of a bedridden man, who was discharged from hospital after being cured of COVID-19, claimed his family members following which Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja ordered a probe on Monday. Also Read - Dementia and Other Cognitive Disorders May Increase Risk Of Severe COVID-19

Shailaja asked the Medical Education Department director to look into the matter and file a report. Also Read - How Taiwan Went Over 200 Days Without a Single Locally-Transmitted Covid-19 Case

Relatives of 55-year-old Anilkumar had filed a complaint with the health minister on Sunday evening that when the health department staff brought him home, they found maggots wriggling in his bedsores. Also Read - India Records 48,648 Fresh Covid Cases, 563 Deaths; Tally Reaches 80.88 Lakh

“The Director of the Department of Medical Education has been asked to probe the incident and file a report. We will ensure proper treatment for Anilkumar,” the minister said in a statement.

Anilkumar, a daily wage labourer, was hospitalised on August 21 after he suffered a fall and was bedridden.

“As his health deteriorated, he was shifted to the ICU. He was tested positive for coronavirus. The hospital authorities asked us to go into quarantine. But when we inquired about the father’s condition, they assured us that he is being taken care of well,” his daughter Anjana told the mediapersons.

His son Abhilash said medical college officials informed him that his condition was stable and they were going to discharge him.

“The authorities allotted a nurse in an ambulance after he was discharged, but once he was shifted to bed at our residence, we found maggots,” he said.

In another such case, a pregnant woman in North Kerla was allegedly denied timely medical treatment while she was in labour, resulting in the loss of twin babies she was carrying.

Taking serious note of the incident, the state government on Monday ordered a high-level probe.

The 20-year-old woman hailing from Kondotty in Malappuram district was taken to three hospitals after she complained of labour pain in the early hours of Saturday. The hospitals allegedly denied her timely treatment citing COVID-19 protocols.

Finally, she was admitted to the government medical college hospital at Kozhikode in a serious condition on Saturday evening.

She lost her twin babies on Sunday while being treated at the hospital, according to sources.

(With inputs from PTI)