Death of humanity: Dead body lies unattended for hours in SCB Medical

Cuttack: In yet another incident of dignity denied in death, the body of an old man was found lying unattended near the medicine ward of SCB Medical College and Hospital since Saturday evening. The body was taken away by hospital administration only after police intervened following reports about it in a section of media today.

“The old man was lying here when I came to open shop at 3 am. I don’t know what happened to him,” said an eyewitness.

“I had seen him yesterday at 7 pm lying in this same place,” another eyewitness said,

“This proves the fact that there is no one to attend a destitute patient who is dying unattended in the hospital premises. What is the future of such destitute patients from Odisha and outside areas?” questioned volunteer Rini Mohanty.

Ramesh Chandra Sahu, Chairman, Regional Development Trust, said “The dead patient has been discharged from the hospital around a week ago. As he was unknown, the police and the hospital superintendent were informed and they moved the body.”

“We cannot hold on to such destitute patients as they mostly move around when we reach out to them with food,” Sahu added.

On the other hand, the hospital administration did not comment on the incident.