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Bodies Rotting Since 2020: Horror For 2 Families Struck by Covid


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Durga Sumithra, 40, and Muniraju, in his 50s, died on July 2 final 12 months

Bengaluru:

Almost a 12 months and a half after they misplaced their family members to Covid, two households in Bengaluru have acquired information that is as painful as their loss — the our bodies have been rotting for over a 12 months within the hospital’s mortuary.

Durga Sumithra, 40, and Muniraju, in his 50s, died on July 2 final 12 months, as per paperwork from Workers’ State Insurance coverage Company and Mannequin Hospital at Rajajinagar in Bengaluru. On the time, the town was witnessing a surge in circumstances, placing pressure on well being infrastructure. The rise in circumstances had additionally thrown up heart-rending scenes of households not getting a closing glimpse of those they misplaced owing to an infection dangers.

In Bengaluru, the civic physique Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) was overseeing the hospital mattress scenario and had additionally taken management of part of beds in personal services to make sure individuals in want can get admitted.

Relations of the 2 sufferers say civic and hospital authorities didn’t hand over the physique to them, citing an infection dangers, and knowledgeable them that they had been cremated.

A 12 months later, in a impolite shock, the households had been knowledgeable that the our bodies of their family members had been truly rotting within the hospital’s morgue after housekeeping employees chanced upon them and alerted authorities.

Hospital authorities have now come underneath hearth for this act of negligence. An investigation has been launched to learn the way this occurred. As for the our bodies, a postmortem shall be performed and authorized formalities accomplished earlier than they’re handed over to the households.

Visuals from the hospital confirmed the shell-shocked relations as they reached the hospital after getting details about a growth that has stoked their grief.

Sujhata, sister of Durga, stated they’d discovered the mattress at ESI hospital after a frantic search final 12 months. “She (Durga) was contaminated with Covid. We had been looking for a mattress desperately however couldn’t discover any. Ultimately, we discovered one at ESI hospital. She died after 4 days in hospital,” stated Sujhata.

“As a result of it was Covid, they did not hand over the physique to us. We returned residence. After a couple of days, we acquired a name from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), stating that they cremated the physique. It’s nearly 15 months now and three days again we acquired a name. After we acquired the decision, we had been scared whether or not it was true or false,” she added.

Muniraju’s son Satish had an identical expertise to share. “After we acquired a name from the hospital, saying that he was no extra, we requested them for the physique. However BBMP authorities advised us that it was cremated. Later, once we went to gather the dying certificates, they reiterated it and advised us to signal the related paperwork.

In the meantime, Rajajinagar’s BJP MLA Suresh Kumar has written to Karnataka Labour Minister A Shivaram Hebbar, requesting him to lift the matter with the Union Labour Ministry, underneath which the hospital falls.

“The position of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and the ESI authorities is grave. On this regard, I request you order a high-level probe, get the detailed inquiry report and provoke stringent motion towards those that are accountable for this inhumane act,” Mr Kumar wrote within the letter he additionally shared with the media.

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