IMA objects to hospitals releasing bodies before getting COVID-19 test result

IMA objects to hospitals releasing bodies before getting COVID-19 test result

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Thane, May 6 : Indian Medical Association(IMA) Thane Chapter on Wednesday took strong objection to hospitals handing over cadavers to the kin before receiving the COVID-19 test result of the deceased. Chapter president Dr Dinkar Desai explained that after a funeral is performed, the hospitals receive the report confirming that the deceased was a pandemic patient hence putting the administration in a tizzy for tracing funeral attendees.

Giving an instance, he said that a similar scenario occurred in Kalwa suburb when a hospital released the body of a patient who posthumously tested COVID-19 positive. Meanwhile, a huge gathering poured in during the individual's funeral, he pointed out. However, he added that even hospitals can't deny handing over the body in anticipation of a test result as the kin of the deceased will resort to violent means. He suggested that for some months, funeral process in any community be held under police observation as well as the number of kin attending the last rites be limited to five.

He further said that new guidelines for funerals are solicited from Thane civic administration. In a related development, a medical officer at the civic-run Kalwa Hospital has tested COVID-19 positive on Tuesday night. In an immediate preventive measure, the contacts of the officer have been placed under quarantine. The doctors and other staffers of the Hospital have complained that they are not being provided with adequate numbers of PPEs while handling the pandemic cases. (UNI)