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Kolkata: Struck By Coronavirus Protocol,Family Force To Store Man's Body In Freezer
Calls to the health department, civic authorities, the police and politicians did not help.
Kolkata: Struck By Coronavirus Protocol, Family Force To Store Man's Body In Freezer
New Delhi: A family in north Kolkata was forced to buy an ice-cream freezer to preserve the dead of a 71-year-old who died of fever and cough after the doctors refused to issue a death certificate and many morgues turned them away, insisting on a COVID test report.
Within a few hours of undergoing a Cvid test the elderly man died. On Tuesday the report which arrived confirmed the family's worst fears, he was indeed COVID positive. On Wednesday after 48 hours after the death, that government health workers collected the body for cremation.
As per the family which runs the chemical business, the elderly man, who used to live on the top floor of an apartment on Amherst Street along with his wife had been suffering from fever and cough for the past few days.
His son, on Monday, took him to a nearby private hospital that suggested a COVID test. A local diagnostic center conducted the test, but even as he returned home, his condition worsened and he died around 3 pm at home.
The family called a physician following his death, who came wearing a PPE but refused to issue the death certificate as the test reports were due.
"We even made several calls to the helpline given to us by a person when we called up the health department but nobody responded," said a family member quoted by Press Trust of India.
The family said they several times has contacted the police for help, but none of them arrived.
"Calls were not answered. That's why decided to keep his body at home inside a freezer," the family member said.
"In fact, even after getting the test reports we kept on calling the state health department but there was no response. On Wednesday morning, we got calls from the health department and told them everything," he said.
The family's neighbor said that they were aware that the body was kept in the flat for two days and they tried to contact all the agencies, but nobody came for help.
Finally, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation employees finally went to the apartment on Wednesday afternoon and took away the body for cremation. The building in which the man lived was sanitized 50 hours after he died.