The body of a patient who died after suffering from coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district was transported on a rickshaw as the family failed to turn up to claim the body.
Recently the government of Andhra Pradesh launched 1,180 new state-of-the-art ambulances to provide emergency assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday in Bapatala area of Guntur, the body of a deceased patient had to be transported on a cycle rickshaw. This led to massive outrage among locals in the area.
It has been claimed that the deceased’s family members did not turn up to claim the body and the doctors of the Bapatala hospital informed the municipal authority for cremation.
The Guntur Collector said, “The Municipal Commissioner and the sanitary inspector were given memos. They have said that the vehicle meant for bodies was under repair, but this explanation is not acceptable. The medical officer in-charge of the area hospital has also been asked to explain the reasons.”
While the hospital says it followed all Covid-19 protocols and wrapped the body in a body bag before handing it over to authorities for final rites, it has been reported that in the absence of an ambulance, the municipal staff put the body on a rickshaw and took it for cremation.
Meanwhile, Kona Raghupati the Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh assembly who represents the constituency expressed displeasure over the incident and spoke to the hospital and municipal authorities and pulled them up for negligence.