Russian says he dressed as a doctor to care for his grandmother in the Covid-19 ward, Europe News & Top Stories


MOSCOW (REUTERS) – Worried that hospital staff are neglecting his sick grandmother in a Covid-19 ward in Siberia, a Russian said he infiltrated disguised as a doctor to take care of her himself.

Sergei, who declined to give his last name, told Rain TV in an interview broadcast Thursday that he had put on protective clothing and went to Tomsk city hospital last week where he had looked after her grandmother for three days, giving her food and pills and changing her incontinence dressings and towels.

Sergei confirmed his words to the TV station in a telephone interview with Reuters on Friday (October 29th). He also shared footage of what he said caring for his elderly grandmother in the hospital.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the footage.

Local authorities in Tomsk, about 3,000 km east of Moscow, said they were investigating his complaints.

Alyona Levko, deputy regional governor of Tomsk, said a local commission had been formed to investigate the incident.

“Now they are in the medical unit … and an inspection is underway,” she said.

Reuters submitted a request for comment to the hospital, but none were immediately available.

The Rain TV account comes as Russian hospitals grapple with a wave of coronavirus cases.

Russia reported 1,163 new deaths from Covid-19, its highest toll in a day of the pandemic on Friday, amid an increase in cases that has forced authorities to reimpose partial lockdown measures.


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