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


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


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

Durga Sumithra, 40, and Muniraju, in his 50s, died on July 2 final yr, as per paperwork from Staff’ State Insurance coverage Company and Mannequin Hospital at Rajajinagar in Bengaluru. On the time, the second wave of the pandemic had triggered a surge in instances, placing extreme pressure on well being infrastructure throughout the nation. The second wave had additionally thrown up heart-rending scenes of households not getting a last 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 state of affairs and had additionally taken management of part of beds in non-public services to make sure individuals in want can get admitted.

Members of the family 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 have been cremated.

A yr later, in a impolite shock, the households have been knowledgeable that the our bodies of their family members have been really 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 might be carried out and authorized formalities accomplished earlier than they’re handed over to the households.

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

Sujhata, sister of Durga, mentioned that they had discovered the mattress at ESI hospital after a frantic search final yr. “She (Durga) was contaminated with Covid. We have been trying to find a mattress desperately however couldn’t discover any. Ultimately, we discovered one at ESI hospital. She died after 4 days in hospital,” mentioned Sujhata.

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

Muniraju’s son Satish had the same expertise to share. “Once we obtained a name from the hospital, saying that he was no extra, we requested them for the physique. However BBMP authorities informed us that it was cremated. Later, after we went to gather the dying certificates, they reiterated it and informed 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 function 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 in opposition to those that are accountable for this inhumane act,” Mr Kumar wrote within the letter he additionally shared with the media.


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