NEWS: A hospital in Dubai certainly has gone the extra mile for a Telangana man after writing off his hospital bill of Rs 1.52 crore in Indian currency for Covid-19 treatment. The construction worker, Odnala Rajesh, was hospitalized after showing cough and fever symptoms and later tested positive for the coronavirus. According a report by HT, E Chitti Babu who is in-charge of Telangana NRI cell state secretariat stated,
“The hospital authorities handed over a bill of 7,62,555 Dirhams (Rs 1.52 crore) to Rajesh, but he had no money to pay the amount. A local Telugu NRI Gundelli Narasimha came to the rescue of Rajesh,” Chitti Babu said.
Narasimha is the president of the Gulf Workers Protection Society in Dubai raised the plight of Rajesh to the Indian Consular office in Dubai. Thie led to Harjeet Singh, the Consul of Labour, writing to the management of the Dubai Hospital asking for the enormous bill on to be written off based on humanitarian grounds. The request had been granted waivering the bill and allowing the patient to be discharged.
Kotecha provided free flight tickets to Rajesh and his escort Dyavara Kankaiah and paid Rs 10,000 for pocket expenses. “Both of them reached Hyderabad in the early hours of Wednesday,” Chitti Babu said.
“We, along with his family members received him in the airport. We granted him permission to a 14-day home quarantine and sent him to his native village,” Chitti Babu told HT.
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