A household in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district was compelled to bury a 70-year-old man, who died of COVID-19, within the compound outdoors their home on Thursday night time after ready for 12 hours for authorities to come back and take his physique.
Sanatan Pradhan, who lived in a village at Kolaghat, about 80 km from Kolkata, had fallen sick final Sunday. He was taken to a hospital for a coronavirus check the subsequent day after which he went house.
On Thursday, the household was knowledgeable he was coronavirus optimistic and an ambulance could be despatched to take him away to the hospital.
Simply after the household obtained the information, Sanatan took a flip for the more severe and by the point the well being division ambulance arrived, he was lifeless.
The ambulance left, saying they might not carry a physique and the police must maintain it.
The household waited for a number of hours. Some officers got here however solely to throw two Private Protecting Gear (PPE) kits into the compound of the home and inform them that Sanatan’s two sons ought to carry out the final rites.
They determined to cremate Sanatan on the village burning ghat. Nevertheless, they have been stopped by locals who mentioned COVID-19 victims ought to be cremated away from populated areas.
In desperation, late at night time, the 2 sons wore the PPEs, dug a grave within the compound of their home and buried their father.
Within the morning, locals objected to that too because the grave was very near a village street utilized by everybody. Thus far, there was answer to the stalemate.
In one other obvious lapse, no well being official has come to take swabs of the Pradhan household to check them for the coronavirus since Thursday.
Officers didn’t reply to telephone calls. A panchayat member mentioned the household could be examined for coronavirus on Monday.