In a second incident within a fortnight, a Covid-19 patient died by suicide in the city on Tuesday. He jumped to death from CSR Block of King George Hospital (KGH) depressed over being isolated from his family. According to a statement issued by KGH, A Venkat Rao (41) of Punjab Hotel Junction in the city, was initially allotted bed No 491 in the CSR Block on admission. The same day, he was shifted to ICU bed No 420 and was treated as per Covid protocol.
“The patient was on Non-invasive Ventilation (NIV) and maintaining 78 percent saturation levels. According to the statement given by a family member, there is no complaint from the patient after his admission to hospital,” the statement said. Around 7.40 am, the patient all of a sudden rose from his bed, jumped through the window and fell on the ground. He suffered severe injuries in the incident and died while undergoing treatment. His attendants were informed about the incident, the hospital authorities said.
“The patient might be in depression. He might have done this (died by suicide) as Covid-19 patients are isolated and away from their family members and often feel lonely,” the statement said. It may be recalled that a woman jumped to death from the fourth floor of CSR Block on April 15. She was likely to recover soon. However, she took the extreme step due to depression.
Health experts opine that many people, who are infected with the virus, especially during the second wave, have been facing tremendous mental pressure leading to depression and suicidal tendencies. Speaking to Hello Vizag, Dr. N. N. Raju, psychiatrist said that “the virus has both short and long-term effects on the body. Although it is a short-term effect that is creating fears in the minds, which are generated from various apprehensions.” Other doctors in the city are unanimous in telling that the messages on social media are playing a key role in creating apprehensions among patients. Also, the fear of financial viability and recovery is creating suicidal tendencies.