'Horrendous situation, people being treated worse than animals': SC pulls up Delhi govt over handling of COVID dead bodies
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the Delhi government on news reports showing deplorable condition of medical wards in Delhi, where dead bodies were not only in wards, but were also found in lobby and waiting areas. The apex court termed the situation in Delhi "horrendous, horrific and pathetic".
"COVID-19 patients are treated worse than animals. In one case, a body was found in garbage. Patients are dying and nobody is there to even attend to them," the court said this afternoon.
The bench noted that patients' families aren't even informed about deaths and in some cases, families haven't been able to attend the last rites, too. The bench noted that there is a problem with the way the pandemic was being fought in the national capital.
"Very sorry state of affairs in Delhi and its hospitals... hospitals aren't giving due care and concern to the bodies. Patients' families aren't even informed about deaths. Families haven't been able to attend the last rites too in some cases," the top court said.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, S.K. Kaul and M.R. Shah took suo moto cognizance of the ill-treatment being meted out to Covid patients in hospitals and also the undignified way in which dead bodies of Covid patients were being handled. The bench also slammed the Delhi government and asked them to explain why the number of Covid-19 tests in Delhi is decreasing despote the spurt in the cases.
"We are more concerned with living than dead. Look at the condition of hospitals. Bodies are there in the wards. Mumbai is testing 16,000 to 17,000, whereas in Delhi it is falling below 7,000. Media has highlighted this issue," the court asked. "Nobody should be denied testing on technical reasons...simplify procedure so more and more can test for Covid," said the bench.
The top court pointed out that it is the duty of the state to conduct testing so that more people know about their health status. The top court also noted that the situation is grim even in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
Delhi is the third worst-hit Indian state after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with 34,687 patients of coronavirus and 1,085 deaths, according to the data provided by the Union Health Ministry.
(With Agencies Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan