Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered a probe after a COVID-19 patient who was admitted to a hospital last week was found dead at a bus stand in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad.
The body of the man, identified as Chhagan Makwana, 67, was found lying unattended at the bus station on Friday in Ahmedabad’s Danilimda locality by a security official.
The man’s family has blamed the hospital staff and the police for failing to inform on time.
Notably, Rupani has directed former principal secretary (health) JP Gupta to lead a probe and submit a report within 24 hours in the incident, according to a government release.
The man was admitted in the COVID-19 facility in the district hospital and he tested positive for the infection on May 13, after which his family was placed under quarantine.
“His body was found lying unattended at the BRTS bus station early Friday morning by security staff who alerted police. The police took his body to another hospital for post-mortem. They alerted us only after a piece of paper was found in his pocket containing his son’s number. This too only after the post-mortem was conducted,” said Makwana’s brother Govind.
“We were quarantined but hospital authorities did not bother to inform us about our brother and dumped his body at a bus station. Police also did not care for inquiry before taking away his body for post-mortem,” he added.
Local BJP leader Girish Parmar said he requested the Chief Minister to order an investigation into the matter.
“Hospital authorities failed to inform his family members about his condition, while they were kept under home quarantine. Police also did not conduct an inquest. I wrote a mail to the Chief Minister requesting him to constitute an SIT investigation into the matter,” Parmar said.
Officer on special duty for COVID at Civil Hospital, MM Prabhakar, said, “We found his case fit for home isolation, and asked him to go back home after explaining him everything. We can’t say how he ended up there because he left the hospital for his home on a city bus”.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (K Division) ML Patel said an accidental death case has been registered at Danilimda police station and a probe was on to piece together the chain of events.
He said hospital authorities are being questioned in this connection.
The incident comes on the heels of a similar shocker where a family of a cancer patient said they were not informed about his death for eight days after admission in the COVID-19 facility at a civil hospital. His body was traced to the morgue of the hospital after Congress leaders intervened.
Bloody what the hell is going on? Gunawant Makwana, a 70 year old Covid-19 patient was admitted at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital on 10th May and now his body is found on the street! Yes, bloody on the street! Mr. Rupani take moral responsibility and step down. This is just criminal. pic.twitter.com/CkgA2GheRz
— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) May 17, 2020
Meanwhile, Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani has lashed out at the Rupani government for the incident and asked him to take moral responsibility for it and step down.