Tripura administration suffers for disposing of Covid patient’s body

Tripura administration suffers for disposing of Covid patient’s body

Agency News

Agartala, Jun 3 : The Tripura administration has been running from pillar to post to bury the body of a Covid positive woman last night due to lack of preparation to handle such a situation. The woman, who committed suicide in the flu clinic of Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) yesterday, was buried in an isolated place in the outskirts of the city under Amtali police station early this morning. The administration had to move back with the body from a graveyard in Ramnagar area of the city following a massive protest of the local residents.

Initially, police had tried to forcibly bury but the people became violent, which compelled the administration to shift the decision around 2300 hrs. Finally, the body was taken to an isolated place near Indo-Bangladesh border under Amtali police station and buried the body adhering to the standards issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under the supervision of a designated team led by Commissioner of Agartala Municipal Corporation Dr Sailesh Yadav.

The administration had faced problems in releasing the body after she committed suicide in a toilet in the hospital and then nobody was willing to carry out the postmortem procedure. The delay in handling the body has increased the risk of Covid spread among the policemen and hospital workers and the family members of the deceased. According to a report, the 50 –yr old lady who had been suffering from kidney related problems was admitted in the flu clinic of AGMC two days ago with Covid symptoms. Before the test report came, she hanged herself early yesterday in the toilet escaping the eyes of health workers.

Meantime, her test report came positive that had further complicated the issue. Though Tripura has high incidences of Covid infection, no death case was registered in the past two months. There has been a clear cut standard procedure to handle Covid dead bodies. Accordingly, in the morning AGMC authority wrote to civil administration to receive the body but they were not responding for a long time. The family members were not willing to dispose of the dead body without performing rituals. “ We are now trying to identify the persons with whom family members of the deceased met in the past two days and so far as many as 19 people came in the list of contact tracing. Their sample has been collected and asked to go for self isolation as per norms,” said a senior health official here.

Meanwhile,last night 25 more people were found Covid positive and among them 23 have come from outside and two have been found in their contact list. In the afternoon yesterday, 23 people, of them 20 who had come from other states, were tested positive. As a result, total active cases of Tripura rose to 298, including an under trial, in central jail out of 471 confirmed cases. According to a report, six districts of eight in Tripura – Sepahijala, Unokoti, South Tripura, West Tripura, Dhalai and Gomati are now having a maximum number of cases after a large number of people returned home from other states. Moreover, Unlock one has made the people desperate and most of them were violating the safety guidelines that increased the risk of community spread, health officials added. (UNI)