Volunteers cremate the bodies of COVID-19 victims in Ganjam district. Beyond the deaths and infections, the pandemic is having a dreadful impact on human behavior eroding humaneness by degrees. In Babanpur area in Aska of Ganjam district, a COVID victim as shunned by everyone and he had to be cremated by volunteers. The deceased identified as Ramakrushna Padhi had tested positive for COVID19 and was admitted to a Covid care center in his locality on May 1. However, he succumbed to the deadly virus on Thursday (May 6). Aska Tehsildar and NAC officials informed the family members about his demise. However, only the son of the deceased turned up to cremate the body. After requests from the administration, volunteers turned up to assist in the cremation of the body. The son of the deceased lit the funeral pyre wearing PPE kit. A similar incident was reported from Bhanjanagar area of Ganjam district as well. The body of a deceased was abandoned by the family members suspecting it to be COVID19 death. The deceased has been identified as Susant Misra of Sorada region. Susant was suffering from fever for the past few days. He was first admitted to a health center in Sorada and later shifted to Bhanjanagar Hospital. As Susant had symptoms of coronavirus infection, he was shifted to Bhanjanagar COVID care hospital. However, he succumbed even before he was tested for COVID-19. With the family shunning his body, members of voluntary organization ‘Helping Hand’ came forward to cremate the body.
Published: Diptiranjita Patra
Last updated: 08 May 2021, 06:24 PM IST
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