COVID patient's body remains in mortuary for 19 days; relatives allege lapses over cremation
Thiruvananthapuram: Relatives of a COVID-19 patient, who died at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, have alleged lapses from the hospital authorities in cremating the body.
Pathanapuram native Devarajan died of COVID-19 on October 2. But even after 19 days, the body is still kept at the medical college mortuary.
Devarajan's family does not own any land to cremate the body and had informed the same to the health department officials. The health officials assured the relatives that they will carry out the funeral.
Thinking that Devarajan’s body was cremated, the family members had carried out all of the post-funeral rituals.
Devarajan’s family came to know that the body was not cremated only when they approached the police station to settle another issue.
Devarajan was admitted to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College due to lung-related ailments on September 18. Devarajan's wife Pushpa was his bystander at the hospital.
But after Devarajan tested COVID positive, he was shifted to the COVID ward and Pushpa returned home. Following this, Pushpa also developed the virus infection and was quarantined at home.
“On October 2, the hospital authority informed us that Devarajan succumbed to COVID-19. When we informed the health department that we don’t possess any land to cremate the body, they assured us that they will cremate the body at a public crematorium," the family said.
Meanwhile, the health officials justified that they needed an affidavit from the family to cremate a body which was kept in the mortuary. They added that Devarajan’s family did not give an affidavit in this regard.
At the same time, the medical college hospital authority did not give an official explanation on lapses from their part.
Devarajan’s family did not know about the affidavit for cremating the body. The hospital authority did not inform them about the procedures.
The other day, Devarajan’s family members handed over the affidavit at the police station. The police assured that the body will be cremated on Thursday itself.
Recently, the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College faced criticism over dumping the body of a man named Sulaiman Kunju along with an unidentified dead boy.