After deaths of COVID patients, grief-stricken relatives fail to get valuables in Patiala - ECAS Punjab

After deaths of COVID patients, grief-stricken relatives fail to get valuables in Patiala

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Karam Prakash
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 26

It is a double whammy for the relatives of the deceased -- who died of COVID-19 -- at Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala as the dead bodies are robbed of their valuable belongings before they reach the mortuary.

In several incidents, COVID-19 victims' personal belongings, such as mobile phones, gold jewellery and watches, were found to be lost. The family members of the deceased alleged that valuables were stolen by the hospital staff only.

Last week, family members of the deceased had to hold a protest outside the hospital after they failed to get the valuables after several requests.

A relative of 52-year-old Hakam Singh, who died of coronavirus at the Rajindra hospital, said: "Even days after his death, we have not received valuables -- including his mobile phone. This is an inhuman and obnoxious act."

As per the Standard Operating Procedure, a consultant or senior Resident has to make the list of the valuables and sanitise them -- after the death of the deceased.

Meanwhile, the officials at the hospital mortuary claimed that they didn't receive any valuables when dead bodies reached there.

Lakhdeep Singh, son of the deceased Ravinder Kaur, alleged that the hospital administration was not cooperating when they approached them for the belongings. He said, "Things are not being run well. The grief-stricken families are being harassed by the staff. We couldn't receive any belongings from our mother."

It has been learnt that many valuables of the deceased are stripped off by the staff while wrapping the dead bodies -- at the isolation ward itself.

Meanwhile, Surbhi Malik, in-charge, COVID-19 ward, Government Rajindra Hospital, said, "In some cases, there was a delay in handing over valuables to the family members, but there was no report of stealing of valuables. Anyway, I will look into the matter and help the family members."

from The Tribune

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