Caught on Camera: Shocking video posted by BJP MLA shows COVID-19 patients put next to dead bodies in Mumbai hospital
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a chilling video doing rounds on internet, coronavirus patients can be seen lying beside to the corpses wrapped in body bags, died due to the deadly virus in a hospital in Mumbai. The shocking video, recorded from a mobile phone, was from the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital in Sion area in the metropolis, which is run by the BMC.
The horrifying video was posted by BJP MLA, Nitesh Rane on Twitter on Wednesday. While captioning the video he attacked the administration for this poor treatment by tagging BMC and said, “In Sion hospital, patients are sleeping next to dead bodies!!! This is the extreme...what kind of administration is this! Very very shameful!!"
(Jagran English does not independently verify the veracity of the video)
The video showed at least seven dead bodies lying in the ward where COVID-19 patients were being treated in adjoining beds. Some patients even have family members attending them, ignoring the dead bodies.
"The Sion hospital has shown utmost negligence by letting COVID-19 patients sleep among the bodies of those who died of the same disease. The BMC boasts of being the richest civic body but pays no attention towards the safety of patients," the BJP leader said on Thursday as reported by news agency PTI.
He noted that the hospital in Sion mostly gets patients from Dharavi, the biggest slum area in the country. "Is this how we treat our working class? Such carelessness of the medical staff and the Sion hospital could result in further spread of coronavirus infection," he added.
As the video stirred a controversy,, dean of Sion hospital, Pramod Ingale, as quoted by PTI, said, “relatives of those who died of COVID-19 were reluctant to take the bodies. That is the reason why the bodies were kept there unattended. We have now removed the bodies and are probing the matter”.
Responding to why the bodies were not shifted to a mortuary, Dr Ingale said, "There are 15 slots in the hospitals mortuary, of which 11 are already filled. If we shift all the bodies to the mortuary, it will be a problem for bodies of those who died of causes other than COVID-19."
However, the hospital staff as reported by NDTV said that the video may have been shot when they were waiting for the permission of the family members to move the dead bodies. They also said once the body is packed in a body bag there is no scope left for the spread of the virus. However, the clarification did not justify the incident of sheer horror.
In Maharashtra, more than 16,700 people have been afflicted to the coronavirus, while 651 have succumbed to the deadly contagion. Of the total in the stae, Mumbai alone accounted for 10,527 COVID-19 cases
and 412 deaths.
(With PTI Inputs)
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