Videos of the wretched conditions that mental health patients are experiencing in the Santa Maria mental hospital in Annaya spread on Friday, sparking public outrage.
Photos and videos from inside the hospital showed extreme negligence, including but not limited to very poor hygiene and life-endangering health conditions of some of the patients.
70 patients were reportedly suffering from malnourishment, which is apparent in the videos. Some of them had reportedly already died.
One of the patients said that they were being fed only rice, cabbage, and apples that were found to be rotten.
Another patient was seen tied to his bed by ropes and exhibiting clear signs of malnourishment.
Rotten bread, and dirty utensils and kitchen sinks were also found. The hospital appeared infested with insects, and lighting was absent as lightbulbs weren’t available. Medicines were reportedly found expired in the facility.
In outrage, people called for proper measures to be taken to ensure the safety of the patients as their lives were endangered.