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Old man dies in quarrel with medical staff who asked him to wear a mask
Published on: 2021-08-16
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The tragedy happened at a town hospital in the outskirts of Ulanqab, a city in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Monday afternoon, when the 87-year-old man suddenly fell to the ground during a quarrel with a staff who stopped him at the hospital entrance.
 

The hospital employee stopped the man because he was not wearing a face mask which is a violation of local COVID-19 epidemic prevention regulations, explained the head of the hospital surnamed Li.
 

“Staff would certainly not let him into the hospital if he did not wear a mask,” Li told Jimu News on Thursday. “Now [we are at] a critical moment of epidemic prevention and control.”
 

The man allegedly lost his mask on his way to the hospital.
 

Li added that once the man fell down, medical staff immediately provided emergency treatment, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and then transferred him to a county-level hospital with better facilities in an ambulance. The man died in on his way to the hospital.
 

Li refuted claims that the hospital did not provide timely medical assistance. Many local residents spread messages through WeChat saying that hospital staff stood aside for half an hour before providing emergency treatment to the man on the ground.
 

The tragedy sparked a heated debate on Chinese social media on Thursday. Netizens were divided with some saying they support the hospital because COVID-19 prevention and control measures cannot be too strict as the latest virus outbreak has affected several provinces across China.
 

Others criticized the hospital for lacking flexibility and humanitarian approach on this single case. “Instead of quarreling with an 80-something, the staff should have directly given him a face mask,” one commented.
 

未戴口罩不让进医院,一老人与工作人员争执后身亡

8月12日,网曝内蒙古一老人未戴口罩不让进医院,与工作人员发生争执后气绝身亡。
 

事发内蒙古乌兰察布市凉城县麦胡图镇中心卫生院。据当地一个微信群里流传的“口罩风波”消息称,8月9日下午3点,麦胜五队有老两口去麦胡图镇卫生院买药,进门时口罩掉了,医院工作人员说“疫情期间不戴口罩不得入内”,老汉说上台阶时口罩掉门口了,两人争执口出不逊,老汉气急败坏,可能是突发心梗跌倒在地,医院以为老汉碰瓷没有理论,半小时后发现不对劲,医生诊脉不跳,身子已凉,才认为不妙,于是给派出所打电话报告情况,然后派救护车送往县医院,途中老汉气绝身亡,工作人员征求老妇人意见后,将遗体冷藏等候处理。
 

12日上午11时许,乌兰察布市凉城县麦胡图镇中心卫生院的李院长称,现在是重点防疫期间,当时老人未佩戴口罩,工作人员肯定不会让他进医院。发生争执老人倒地后,院方医护人员并非网传的那样半小时后才发现不对劲,而是及时地采取了心肺复苏等抢救措施,因镇卫生院条件有限,又及时安排120急救车转送县里的医院。老人毕竟今年已经是87岁高龄了,在转院途中,老人不幸去世。
 

“当时随行家属只有老人81岁的老伴。”李院长称,不过大厅门口当天还有许多前来接种疫苗的村民,大家都可以做证,院方并没有延误抢救时间。防疫是大事,规定必须戴口罩,工作人员劝阻,谁也不想发生这样不幸的事。如今家属提出许多条件,院方无法满足,目前上级部门仍在组织调解。

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