Doctor drives a tractor to hold COVID-19 sufferer’s physique for burial


Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, July 13

Humanity has no limits, and the extraordinary motion by Dr Pendyala Srinivasa Sriram from the Peddapalli Government Hospital in Telangana confirmed simply that. When nobody was prepared to the touch the physique of a COVID-19 sufferer, the physician volunteered to trip a tractor and ferried the lifeless physique loaded within the trolley to the graveyard.

This motion at a time when officers are being accused of disrespecting the lifeless and dumping our bodies in mass graves has been extensively acclaimed throughout the state after the photographs of the physician driving the tractor went viral.

Dr Sriram who works with TB hospital, Sultanabad, was appointed as District Surveillance Officer for Covid-19 and was on responsibility when he discovered that the kin of the 45-year-old affected person who had succumbed to the virus had been begging ambulance drivers to take the physique to the burial floor. But fearing an infection, none was prepared to oblige. It is then that the physician adorned a Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) package and provided to assist.

After repeated requests, the Peddapalli municipal workers organized a tractor, however the driver of the tractor refused to go to drive the tractor to the burial fearing COVID-19 transmission. Even kin of the household reportedly stayed away from helping within the funeral. When Dr Sriram took to the wheels 4 relations accompanied him.

With the physician turning driver, the household of the deceased was lastly in a position to full the final rites in step with COVID-19 customary working procedures (SOP) in correct security gear.

Talking to the media Dr Sriram mentioned, “There are fears and lack of knowledge about the disease and its spread. Even the tractor driver was scared. I just wanted to set an example and show that there is nothing to fear. But when handled with proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), the virus spread can be arrested. The body was also disinfected before it was packed in the body bag. I drove the body to the burial ground so that our staff will also take it up without fear if such a situation arises even in my absence.”

He mentioned that there was an pressing have to unfold consciousness that the lifeless physique of the COVID-19 sufferer is disinfected and packed eliminating the possibilities of an infection except somebody fiddles with the packing. The physician mentioned his motion was being circulated on social media he wish to enchantment to the folks saying, “Doctors and other frontline workers are fighting the virus relentlessly. Please don’t come out unnecessarily, if you do go out don’t touch anything that is not yours.”

Dr Pramod Kumar, Peddapalli District Health and Medical Officer (DMHO) whereas appreciating the gesture of Dr Sriram mentioned “As it was the first case of death in the district headquarters, there was a little delay in designating an ambulance to transport the body. We have engaged ambulances in the district to ferry and discharge patients.”

Meanwhile, one other chief of the opposition Congress get together in Telangana died of Coronavirus as we speak. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) secretary G. Narendra Yadav succumbed to the virus at a non-public hospital in Hyderabad, the place he was admitted a number of days in the past. Yadav had not too long ago participated in varied programmes to distribute help amongst poor hit exhausting by the lockdown.

“It is shocking and saddening that one of our active senior leaders Narendra Yadav died due to COVID-19. May his soul rest in peace and condolences to his family and friends… His death is a great loss to the party,” tweeted get together spokesman Dr Sravan Dasoju. Yadav is the second get together chief to die of COVID-19 in per week.



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