Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: In a tragic incident, the body of a man who died due to Covid-19 infection lay unattained for over 8 hours at his village in Indira Nagar Pada in Bolangir district as no one came forward to give shoulder to carry the corpse to the crematorium, ostensibly for fear of getting infected.

The incident occurred on Wednesday. The Covid patient, who was on home quarantine for quite some time after he tested positive for the infection, breathed his last in the wee hours. However, the scare and stigma associated with Covid-19 deterred fellow villagers from assisting the man’s family in performing the last rites. Before the onset of Covid-19, it has been a practice in the village, like in any other village, for fellow villagers to join hands in helping the bereaved family during the hour of crisis.

Though the hapless family members informed the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) and police about the incident, no help was forthcoming for the disposal of the body at the time of filing the story. The body was still lying and the last rites were not performed. Owing to the non-disposal of the body, cooking activities in the village has stopped.

The deceased was believed to have got the infection while undergoing treatment at the Burla Medical College hospital. After receiving some treatment, he was shifted for home quarantine. But after a brief fight, he succumbed to the infection.

Meanwhile, the CDMO said that instructions have been issued to follow the guidelines pertaining to the disposal of bodies of people succumbing to Covid-19 by the concerned staff. “Sub-collector and the Municipality have been informed about the incident. Very soon they will take proper steps as per the guidelines for the disposal of the body,” stated CDMO over phone.

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