Covid-19 intensifies elder abuse globally as hospitals prioritise young

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Older patients turned away or left untreated, while domestic abuse is also rising, leading charity reports

When Souzi Bondeko’s grandfather started showing symptoms of Covid-19 and was struggling to breathe, she took him to a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, where he was put on a ventilator.

She dashed home to get some food and returned to be told by a member of staff that he had been taken off the machine as it it was needed elsewhere.

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Written by Hannah Summers
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jun/30/covid-19-intensifies-elder-abuse-globally-as-hospitals-prioritise-young under the title “Covid-19 intensifies elder abuse globally as hospitals prioritise young”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.