HYDERABAD: Ten people, who were admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Adilabad after they showed Covid-19 symptoms, went missing from the hospital late on Saturday night.
Officials said the patients left without informing anyone before the result of their tests could be conveyed to them. Out of the 10, six have tested positive, two negative and the results of two more are expected on Sunday.
Sources said the hospital authorities have their Aadhar card numbers and also their phone numbers with which the police will try and trace them. The 10 had come for a Covid testing two days ago. As their reports were awaited, they were admitted in isolation wards.
The hospital has two isolation wards – one for Covid positive patients and one for those whose test results are awaited.
50 samples collected at RIMS daily
According to protocol, after the reports come, if they are found positive, they are shifted to the isolation ward for positive patients while the others can go home.
RIMS director Dr Balaram Naik could not be reached for more details.
The authorities have been collecting more than 50 samples daily. Those who show some symptoms of the virus are made to stay back until the reports come. The fear of Covid and the stigma attached with it may have been the reasons for the men to leaving without informing the authorities.
In the reports for July 31 which came out on Saturday, 17 people tested positive for Covid in Adilabad district.
The issue poor health services at government hospitals during the pandemic has been raised by exxpeerts previously.