This is the third such incident in the last three months where the families were forced to take COVID patient bodies in vehicles other than ambulance.


This is the third such incident in the last three months where the families were forced to take COVID patient bodies in vehicles other than ambulance. &nbsp

Key Highlights

  • After the matter came to the notice of higher authorities, they issued show-cause notices to municipal staff.

  • The hospital authorities contend that the family did not wait for the ambulance and hurriedly took the body in the cycle-rickshaw. 

Guntur: In yet another shocking incident, a body of a deceased COVID-19 patient was taken to the burial ground in a cycle-rickshaw in the absence of an ambulance in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. The family said they waited for the ambulance but when the vehicle did not arrive, they were forced to take the body in a rickshaw. 

However, the hospital authorities contend that the family did not wait for the ambulance and hurriedly took the body in the cycle-rickshaw. 

After the matter came to the notice of higher authorities, they issued show-cause notices to municipal staff. The video of the patient being taken to burial ground has gone viral on social media. Mirror Now’s Sowmith Yakkati has more on the story.

On Thursday, the patient was brought to the Bapatla government hospital after he suffered symptoms of COVID-19. Later, the doctors examined him and referred him to the Guntur government hospital where he succumbed on the way. 

His body was again brought to Bapatla hospital after his death. The doctors got suspicious and conducted a COVID-19 test and the result was positive. Some reports suggest that the family waited for the ambulance for hours and finally decided to call municipal staff to take the body to the burial ground and performed the final rites. 

“A 68-year-old man was brought to Bapatla Government General Hospital in an auto yesterday morning. He was accompanied by his wife and two children. They came from Chirala town in Prakasam district. They told the doctors that the patient was suffering from heart-related problems,” an ANI report quoted Bapatla Town Police Station Circle Inspector Ashok as saying.  

“The doctors got suspicious, tested the deceased and found that he was coronavirus positive. Seeing all this, the auto driver left and the family decided they did not want to take the body to Chirala town and complete final rites at Bapatla. Hospital authorities informed the municipal administration, which arrived to carry the body for the final rites,” the police officer added.

This is the third such incident in the last three months where the families were forced to take COVID patient bodies in vehicles other than ambulance. After such an incident in Srikakulam district in June this year, Andhra Pradesh government had suspended two officers. 




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