Doctor, wife say faced tough times upon return from US - ECAS Punjab

Doctor, wife say faced tough times upon return from US

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20

When Dr Pyara Lal Garg and his wife boarded flight from San Francisco for homeland after being stranded in the US for more than 50 days, there was no way they could have realised they would be landing into difficulty.

Quarantined at an institutional facility after reaching India, the two moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court virtually claiming that they had been placed under room arrest with little facility. But after almost five days in institutional quarantine, the two have decided not to pursue the matter.

Their petition, however, unfolds a tale of problems faced by the returnees. Dr Garg and his wife have stated in the petition how they ran out of medicines in the US and had to spend huge amounts before they could fly to India, only to find themselves literally cold-shouldered in a room "cut-up from the whole world".

Retired professor from Patiala Government Medical College and Hospital, the paediatric surgeon says they flew to the US on March 11. They were to return on March 24. But flights were cancelled following Covid outbreak. Suffering from heart ailment and knee problem, they exhausted their quota of medicine and had to purchase fresh stock at "huge expense". Their medical insurance also expired due to unplanned extension in stay.

"All these expenses were unanticipated, leading to financial burden and mental agony," said their counsel Ashok Kumar Nabhewala, adding that the petitioners had to purchase new ticket for $1,360. They finally got clearance on May 11 with heavy charges of $2,724. The amount spent on previous tickets was also not refunded. Declared fit to travel, they landed in New Delhi on May 15. In Chandigarh, they were taken to Hotel Shivalik View, but not allowed lift facility. Advised against strenuous activity, they moved to quarantine facility in Patiala.

from The Tribune

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