The Railways has ordered an inquiry after physique of a Covid-19 affected person was allegedly swapped with the physique of one other affected person who died of a kidney ailment at a railway hospital in Kolkata, officers stated on Friday.
Whereas the physique of the affected person, who died of a kidney ailment, was cremated by the civic physique following Covid-19 protocols, the physique of Covid-19 optimistic affected person is now mendacity within the hospital as it may well’t be handed over to the household.
“The members of the family of the Covid-19 affected person recognized the unsuitable physique. As per the protocols of the hospital, we’ve recorded all the body-identification course of on video digicam. There was no fault on our half,” stated a senior official of the BR Singh Hospital.
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On August 1, 68-year-old Kalpana Bhakat was admitted within the hospital with kidney illnesses. On August 3, her swab checks had been despatched for Covid-19 check. She, nevertheless, died on the identical day. The physique was saved within the hospital as check outcomes had been awaited. On Friday, when the check outcomes got here, it was discovered that Bhakat had examined detrimental.
“However after we went to take the physique we discovered that it was not the physique of our affected person however belonged to another person. The hospital authorities later checked the data and located that one other household has taken our sufferers physique. The physique which was being handed over to us was that of a Covid-19 optimistic affected person,” stated a relative of Bhakat.
Quickly after the incident, the native police station and the Kolkata Municipal Company had been alerted because the physique of the particular Covid-19 optimistic affected person wanted to be cremated following security protocols.
“We have now been intimated,” stated Ajoy Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police (japanese suburban division).
The railways have shaped an enquiry committee to probe the incident.
“A four-member enquiry committee has been set as much as probe into the incident,” stated a spokesman of the Japanese Railway.