- Dubai hospital waives Rs.1 crore 52 lakh bill for corona patient of Telangana
- Indian Consulate volunteers arranged a free ticket and Rs 10,000 cash.
In what can be called as a height of humanitarian gesture, a Dubai based private hospital has waived off Rs 1.52 crore bill for treating a Telangana-origin Indian Covid patient. The incident can also serve as an eye-opener to the Indian Private hospitals especially in Hyderabad which are ought to fleece money from even the poor patients.
According to the details available, Odnala Rajesh (42) of Venugumatla village in Gollapalli mandal of Jagtial district, Telangana was admitted to ‘Dubai Hospital’ in Dubai, UAE on April 23 due to illness and tested Corona positive. Rajesh who recovered after 80 days of treatment, was discharged by the hospital and handed over a bill of 7,62,555 Dirhams (Rs 1 crore 52 lakh) to him.
President of the Gulf Workers Protection Society in Dubai Gundelli Narasimha, who took the worker to the hospital from the beginning and visited him regularly, brought the matter to the attention of an Indian Consulate volunteer in Dubai Sumanth Reddy who in turn along with Ashok Kotecha of BAPS Swaminarayan Trust requested the Consul (Labour) of Indian Consulate in Dubai Harjeet Singh to help the poor worker.
Consulate Officer Harjeet Singh wrote a letter to Dubai Hospital management asking them to waive off the bill on humanitarian grounds and they responded positively and waived the bill and discharged the patient.
The good samaritan Ashok Kotecha provided free flight tickets to the patient Odnala Rajesh and his escort Dyavara Kankaiah to reach back home and paid them Rs.10,000 for pocket expenses.
The duo had reached Hyderabad on Tuesday after which he was sent to 14-day home quarantine by the Telangana NRI officer Chittibabu and sent him home to his native village along with his family members.