Russian says he disguised himself as a doctor to take care of his grandmother in the COVID ward

MOSCOW, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Worried that hospital staff are neglecting his sick grandmother on a Siberian COVID-19 ward, a Russian man said he snuck in disguised as a doctor to tend to her himself. same.

Sergei, who declined to give his surname, told Rain TV in an interview aired on Thursday that he put on protective clothing and entered the hospital ward in the city of Tomsk last week where he cared for his grandmother for three days, giving her food and pills and changing her bandages and incontinence pads.

Sergei confirmed his comments to the TV station in a phone interview with Reuters on Friday. He also shared footage of what he said was caring for his elderly grandmother in hospital. Reuters was unable to independently verify the images.

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Local authorities in Tomsk, about 3,000 km (1,850 miles) east of Moscow, said they were investigating his complaints.

Local resident Sergei (whose last name has not been given) dressed as a doctor in a protective suit takes care of his grandmother suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a hospital ward in Tomsk, Russia on October 28, 2021, in this screen capture taken from a video. Video taken October 28, 2021. REUTERS TV/Courtesy Sergei/Handout via REUTERS

Alyona Levko, deputy regional governor of Tomsk, said a local commission had been set up to investigate the incident. “Now they’re in the medical unit…and an inspection is going on,” she said.

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

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

Russia on Friday reported 1,163 new COVID-19 deaths, its highest one-day toll of the pandemic, amid a rise in cases that forced authorities to reimpose partial lockdown measures.

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Reporting by Angelina Kazakova Writing by Tom Balmforth Editing by Frances Kerry

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