In a weird incident, an aged coronavirus affected person was introduced again dwelling in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district by his relations, per week after they acquired “his body” from a COVID hospital and cremated it.
Shibdas Bandyopadhyay, a resident of Birati, returned dwelling a day earlier than the relations had been to carry out his shradh.
The 75-year-old man was admitted to the hospital in Barasat on November 11 after he examined optimistic for COVID-19 and two days later his relations had been knowledgeable of his demise, a well being division official mentioned on Saturday.
The physique was saved in a plastic bag, following COVID protocols, and proven to the relations from a distance, they usually mentioned they might not see the face clearly.
“We cremated the body and were prepared to perform the shradh today. However, we got a call yesterday. Someone told us that my father has recovered and we should arrange for an ambulance to take him home from the hospital,” Mr Bandyopadhyay’s son mentioned.
“We are shocked and surprised. However, we brought him home. We do not know whom we have cremated,” he mentioned.
When enquired on whose physique was cremated considering it to that of Bandyopadhyay, the well being division official mentioned that one other aged COVID affected person, Mohinimohan Mukhopadhyay of Khardah had additionally died on November 13 and “it was he whose last rites were performed”.
The incident got here to mild on Friday after Mr Mukhopadhyay’s relations had been knowledgeable that he has been cured of COVID-19 they usually reached the hospital to take him dwelling, the official mentioned.
The state well being division constituted a four-member committee to probe the matter, the official mentioned.
When contacted, an official of the North 24 Parganas district well being division mentioned, “If laxity is found on the part of the hospital, we will take strict action. But it appears that the confusion was created by documents of both the parents.”
Meanwhile, the BJP’s West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh claimed that such incidents can solely occur in West Bengal.
He accused the state authorities of conducting much less variety of assessments in a day to maintain the coronavirus tally low.
“Our neighbouring states like Bihar, Odisha and UP are testing over one lakh of assessments whereas they (the West Bengal authorities) are maintaining it to 45,000 as a result of they wish to suppress the very fact.
“If they take a look at over one lakh of samples, over 20,000 new instances will likely be identified. They don’t have any rights to play video games with the lives of the folks,” Mr Ghosh advised reporters.
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