Corpse of Covid-19 victim swapped with another body at Andhra hospital

South India


The district collector has ordered an investigation into the incident which caused huge embarrassment to the hospital authorities at a time when a Central team was visiting Kurnool to assess COVID-19 situation.

In a major goof-up, the body of a man who died of coronavirus was swapped with that of a non-Covid patient in a government hospital at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh.

The incident came to light on Tuesday when the relatives of Ram Babu (66) came to the Kurnool Government General Hospital (GGH) to collect his body, said news agency IANS report. To their shock, they found that the body handed over to them is not that of Ram Babu and the hospital staff had performed his last rites as per Covid-19 protocol.

Enraged family members of the deceased Rambabu staged protest at the hospital, demanding the hospital management to hand-over the right body to them.

According to the family members, A Rambabu (66), a resident of Budhawarapeta in Kurnool city, was admitted to the government general hospital in Kurnool on May 7. His Covid-19 test turned up negative, but Rambabu passed away at the hospital on May 9.

On the same night, one Covid-19 patient from Nandyal also passed away while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The District Collector has constituted a three-member committee with the hospital superintendent, medical college principal and district medical and health officer to probe the incident, which has come as a big embarrassment to the hospital authorities.

The incident happened at a time when a Central team was visiting Kurnool to assess COVID-19 situation. Kurnool is the worst affected district in Andhra Pradesh, accounting for 584 COVID-19 cases out of the state's tally of 2051 cases. It also registered 16 deaths, the highest in the state.

Image Credit: News Minute




All Comments