Dignity Denied To Dead: Body Of Patient Lies In Hospital Bed For Hours
Koraput: Body of a woman, who died at Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput, could not be carried to her village for last rites even after 7 hours of her death due to unavailability of a Mahaprayan (hearse) vehicle.
As per reports, the deceased woman, a resident of Panasaput village under Baipariguda Police limits in Koraput district died of cancer at 6 AM on Monday, but her body could not be taken to village for hours due to unavailability of a hearse vehicle under the government-sponsored Mahaprayan scheme.
Sources said, the village of the woman is no less than 70 kms and the relatives expressed their inability to pay for a vehicle on their own. However, after the news was reported on OTV, the district collector sprang into action and arranged a hearse for the family members to carry the dead body.
It isn’t an isolated case as recently on October 20, a dead body had to be carried on motorcycle by the family members allegedly due to unavailability of a Mahaprayan vehicle in Delanga CHC in Puri.