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ID rule stumps elderly without local address proof | Noida News | #healthcare | #elderly | #seniors

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Noida: Seeking admission to a Covid-19 care facility is getting increasingly difficult for Noida and Greater Noida residents whose parents or parents-in-law are staying with them. Now, furnishing an identity card with a Gautam Budh Nagar address has been made mandatory for admission to such healthcare facilities in the district.
After several complaints of people being denied admission to hospitals due to a lack of local IDs, TOI rang up the integrated Covid control room (18004192211) at 1.30pm on Thursday and enquired if it was possible to get an elderly Covid patient with a Mumbai address admitted to any Covid care facility in GB Nagar since he has been staying in Noida for the past two months.
The response was: “Sorry, sir. We can only process requests of people who have local address proof. If he has any ID card issued by a Gautam Budh Nagar-based government authority, we can take the request. We can’t help otherwise.”
Neighbouring Gurgaon, which recently launched a portal for the Covid hospitalisations, also has made an Aadhaar card with a Gurgaon address mandatory to get a bed.
In this scenario, residents said they are left with no other option but to approach neighbouring districts or private hospitals directly for beds. Rahul Vaishya, a resident of Omicron 1 in Greater Noida, had been struggling to get his father admitted in Noida since Tuesday. He finally had to take him to a private hospital in Faridabad after two days of waiting.
“My father was in the emergency ward of a Sector 62-based private hospital after his kidney stopped functioning. During treatment, he tested positive for Covid. The hospital staff said they could not take him in. Other hospitals in Noida and the integrated control room also refused admission. He has been staying with me for the past three months but his Aadhar card has the address of our house in Shakur Basti, Delhi,” he said.
“Now, we have been asked to get 6 Remdesivir injections. But neither the Faridabad administration nor Noida is helping us since my father is a Delhi resident. We bought four injections through a tout in Delhi after paying Rs 21,000 per vial,” Vaishya added.
Meanwhile, GB Nagar district magistrate Suhas LY said, “Only a limited number of beds and resources are available, which is why a local address is being sought while granting admission. But treatment of the elderly is important and I will check with the health department on the issue.”

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