Man Could Not See His Dying Father For The Last Time Due To Inflexible Hospital Rules

MOH and hospitals should allow some flexibility in Covid rules. A few weeks ago, a man could not see his father for the last time even though he begged the hospital staff to see him just once.

Before that, his father’s condition had already worsened. He pleaded with the doctors at least three times to grant him and his family permission to visit him.

“I was told that they would check and get back to me, but they never did.”

On 5 Mar, the day his father died, he begged the nurse many times to see his father one last time. The nurse had to check with her manager, get them registered in another block before he could go down to his father’s ward.

A lot of time was wasted. By the time he arrived, it was too late. His father passed away without anyone by his side.

We must not deny someone from seeing a loved one for the last time. Furthermore, some safe management measures have eased. Why can’t hospitals be less strict on visitation? Families of critical patients should not be made to jump through hoops just to get permission. By then, it will be too late.

The government as well as hospitals must be more humane and flexible in allowing people to visit critically-ill patients. Otherwise, how can we still call ourselves a society? They want us to trust them, but where is the compassion?

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