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Relatives made to identify body of Covid patient in morgue, Tamil Nadu hospital orders action

A hospital in Tamil Nadu has ordered motion after members of the family of a person, who succumbed to Covid, had been made to enter the mortuary and determine his physique. When the family entered the morgue, they reportedly discovered many our bodies of Covid victims had not been disposed however stored there.

The incident happened on the Theni Authorities Medical Faculty and Hospital within the state.

On Saturday, the person, 47, belonging to Periyakulam in Theni had complaints of breathlessness. On admission to the hospital, it was discovered he was Covid-19 optimistic however succumbed to the an infection on Monday night.

On reaching the hospital mortuary on Tuesday to say the physique, the family had been requested by the safety to seek out the physique by themselves.

The video and pictures of the incident have gone viral on social media. Many slammed the hospital administration for his or her carelessness. The family, within the video, had been seen not sporting any PPE fits and even masks correctly, which was a breach of Covid protocols.

Theni hospital authorities admit lapses

Talking to indianexpress.com, Dr Balaji Nathan, Dean of the Theni hospital, admitted that the incident is a transparent safety breach and departmental motion has been initiated in opposition to three officers who had been current on obligation on the time of incident.

“We maintain the useless our bodies of individuals both examined optimistic of Covid-19, in a separate room however that room can’t accommodate greater than three or 4 our bodies. If we obtain extra our bodies, we place them at a distance on the ground. Our bodies that attain the room earlier than 6 pm are instantly taken to the crematoriums within the free mortuary van and due process is adopted for the burial. Since we can’t dispose the our bodies after 6 pm, we retailer them within the mortuary room until the following day,” he stated.

He added, “On Monday night, the stated particular person died and his physique was stored within the room alongside 15 different our bodies, as a result of lack of house and naturally piled up. Just one relative is allowed alongside our employees to determine the physique however on Tuesday the safety and two attendants in command of the mortuary had allowed greater than 4 family. It’s a clear safety lapse,” he stated.

Two inquiries — one inner and an in depth probe by the pinnacle of the division, forensic medication and resident medical officer — had been carried out. Dr Nathan stated after it was discovered that three officers didn’t adequately carry out their duties and a departmental motion has been initiated in opposition to the 2 authorities employees members.

Individually, he has written to the regional supervisor of the involved safety company to take away the safety particular person on the mortuary from the service.

“To forestall such an incident from occurring once more, we’re planning to arrange an enormous momentary shed with a rack facility to accommodate extra our bodies within the mortuary. Additionally, we’re taking steps to connect tags to the our bodies earlier than sending them to the mortuary room thereby stopping the family from coming into the mortuary to determine the our bodies,” the dean stated.

When requested concerning the reviews of our bodies not correctly wrapped as per the rules issued by the Well being Ministry, he stated they comply with the federal government tips of protecting the physique with double-wrapped thick polythene blue sheets.

“We’re following the rules to ensure there is no such thing as a leakage of physique fluids. We now have ordered zip lock physique baggage however the vendor has not delivered them but as a result of excessive quantity. We are going to get that as quickly as attainable,” he stated.

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