In a weird incident, an aged coronavirus affected person was introduced again residence in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district by his members of the family, per week after they obtained “his physique” from a COVID hospital and cremated it.
Shibdas Bandyopadhyay, a resident of Birati, returned residence a day earlier than the members of the family had been to carry out his shradh.
The 75-year-old man was admitted to the hospital in Barasat on November 11 after he examined constructive for COVID-19 and two days later his members of the family had been knowledgeable of his demise, a well being division official stated on Saturday.
The physique was stored in a plastic bag, following COVID protocols, and proven to the members of the family from a distance, they usually stated they might not see the face clearly.
“We cremated the physique and had been ready to carry out the shradh in the present day. Nonetheless, we received a name yesterday. Somebody informed us that my father has recovered and we must always organize for an ambulance to take him residence from the hospital,” Mr Bandyopadhyay’s son stated.
“We’re shocked and shocked. Nonetheless, we introduced him residence. We have no idea whom we’ve got cremated,” he stated.
When enquired on whose physique was cremated considering it to that of Bandyopadhyay, the well being division official stated that one other aged COVID affected person, Mohinimohan Mukhopadhyay of Khardah had additionally died on November 13 and “it was he whose final rites had been carried out”.
The incident got here to gentle on Friday after Mr Mukhopadhyay’s members of the family had been knowledgeable that he has been cured of COVID-19 they usually reached the hospital to take him residence, the official stated.
The state well being division constituted a four-member committee to probe the matter, the official stated.
When contacted, an official of the North 24 Parganas district well being division stated, “If laxity is discovered on the a part of the hospital, we are going to take strict motion. However it seems that the confusion was created by paperwork of each the mother and father.”
In the meantime, the BJP’s West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh claimed that such incidents can solely occur in West Bengal.
He accused the state authorities of conducting much less variety of checks in a day to maintain the coronavirus tally low.
“Our neighbouring states like Bihar, Odisha and UP are testing over one lakh of checks whereas they (the West Bengal authorities) are preserving it to 45,000 as a result of they wish to suppress the very fact.
“In the event that they check over one lakh of samples, over 20,000 new instances might be identified. They don’t have any rights to play video games with the lives of the individuals,” Mr Ghosh informed reporters.
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