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Dilip Kumar

News Highlights

  • Covid patient's body left unattended for eight hours

  • Patient died at 1 pm while body was removed after 9 pm

  • Authorities denied allegation

Nabarangpur: An incident exposing the distressing status of health care system in the State has been reported from a Covid hospital in Nabarangpur where the body of a covid-19 patient was left unattended for over eight hours. 

The incident triggered serious concern among fellow patients, attendants and locals after the video of the scene went viral on social media.

A woman, who shot the video inside the ICU of the special Covid hospital in Nabarangpur and posted it on social media, alleged that the infected patient died at around 1 pm but no staff of the health centre paid attention to remove the body and made vacant the ICU bed. The woman claimed that the body was left unattended till late night. 

On the other hand, the hospital workers were seen doing their routine job including distribution of food to the other patients in the ward for dinner even as the body was lying close to them.

After repeated complaints, some hospital workers packed the body and removed it from the ICU at around 9 pm.

The hospital manager, however, denied the allegation. She said the man who died during treatment in the ICU was a relative of a hospital staff.

“He died at 5 pm during treatment. Discharge of the body was delayed for some time due to unavailability of packing materials,” manager Rupasi Nayak said.

Some patients under treatment were diabetic in the same ward. So, they were given the dinner items as they were advised to take insulin in proper time, she added.


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