quarantined diabetic residents

Maulana Saad


According to press reports in a shocking incident “a 50-year-old diabetic patient died on Wednesday (April 22, 2020) at the COVID-19 quarantine centre set up by the Delhi government in Sultanpuri, West Delhi. It is alleged that despite several request to staff and doctors he was not given food and medicine on time”. The deceased Mohamed Musthafa, a resident of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, had been moved to the quarantine centre in West Delhi from Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital four days ago even before his final test results had come in. It is doubtful whether he was afflicted by Covid-19 but surely a victim of sudden lockdown. He came to attend “the Tablighi Jamaat conference on March 19. He was scheduled to leave on March 24 like several others from Tamil Nadu. But, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the lockdown giving only a four-hour notice, he was taken along with several others to Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital on March 31. He had initially tested positive and was in the hospital until April 18″. The press report further discloses that “Mustafa had been requesting the doctors for diabetes medicine and for timely food. But, no one wanted to listen. He told me that he would be okay if he got medicine and food”. He leaves behind two teenage sons and wife, Razia; the family would never be able to see him as he is to be buried in Delhi. The quarantined diabetic residents described their plight in the following words:  “At the Sultanpuri quarantine centre, breakfast comes only at 11.30 am and that is two slices of bread and banana. Lunch is two rotis with a vegetable curry and dinner is usually 2 rotis with dal. Lunch comes after 2.30 pm. How can a diabetic patient survive? A person who is diabetic has to eat every two hours.” According to National Herald Mustafa spoke to his wife of Tuesday evening, he assured her feebly that he was hoping to get something to eat soon. According to Fathima Muzaffer, member of Indian Union Muslim League in Tamil Nadu “We had…