Coffee served in Kerala COVID ward by holding kettle close to physique, probe ordered

Thiruvananthapuram, August 25

Amid the coronavirus scare, mattress espresso was served within the COVID ward of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital allegedly by holding the kettle and cups close to the physique of a affected person who died early Tuesday morning, prompting the College Superintendent Dr Sharmad to order a probe.

The incident got here to gentle when among the sufferers recorded a video through which authorities have been seen eradicating the physique wrapped in a plastic.

The video additionally confirmed an individual in a PPE equipment holding the kettle and cups close to a desk subsequent to the stretcher through which the physique was wrapped and saved.

“We have been knowledgeable concerning the incident at 5.30 am and the dying was declared inside an hour as per the protocol. The swab was taken from the physique which was disinfected and wrapped in plastic.

The physique being saved close to the place the morning drinks have been distributed can’t be justified. A report has been sought and motion will likely be taken accordingly so that it’ll not be repeated,” Dr Sharmad informed PTI.

The superintendent mentioned the authorities tried to contact the family of the 85-year-old deceased lady as that they had sought the photograph and video of the physique as a result of they have been additionally in quarantine.

He termed as utterly incorrect stories that meals was distributed within the COVID ward subsequent to the physique which had been mendacity there for practically 5 hours, after 10.30 am.

“That information is completely wrong. We could declare the death only after one hour. But there was a delay removing the body for taking the video for the relatives in quarantine. However, it was removed after around 8.30 am itself,” Sharmad mentioned.

He mentioned for the reason that family, who’re additionally underneath quarantine, are unable to go to, the authorities usually ship them the video of the physique.

“It was not the meals, however tea or espresso for a couple of different sufferers that have been served as a few of them demanded.

However, it shouldn’t have been achieved and a probe has been ordered and report sought,” the Superintendent mentioned.

The incident happened in ward quantity 5 of the medical faculty hospital right here. PTI

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