HUBBALLI: Authorities denied a full-scale funeral to a patient who died at Kims Hospital on July 1 over suspicions that he was suffering from Covid-19. His test report came on July 3 and it was negative, reported PV.
Hazrat Saab Mehboob Saab Pattanakudi, a resident of Jannat Nagar in Old Hubballi, was admitted to Kims Hospital and kept in the ICU after he complained of high fever. He was subjected to a Covid-19 test on June 30. He, however, died the next day. Kims Hospital staff conducted his funeral as per the Covid-19, presuming that he was suffering from the deadly disease.
According to Azizullah Pattanakudi, the son of the deceased, the funeral was attended by only a few members of their family. Relatives and close friends couldn’t come. “Two days later, the report declared that my father had not been infected by the virus at all,” he stated.
The neighbours of Pattanakudi, however, were worried about the infection having spread to them.
Azizullah and the activists of a few social organisations have said that the suspicion of the corona infection should not be used to hurt people’s sentiments or give rise to panic among the people.
Navidullah, the president of the Aman Foundation, has demanded that action be taken against the staff members of Kims Hospital for creating such a situation.
Arun Kumar, medical superintendent, Kims Hospital, told Prajavani: “Since there was the suspicion of an infection in him, safety measures had to be taken while conducting the last rites. The body, however, could have been handed over to the relatives had they waited till the report of the corona test was received.”
On Saturday, the office-bearers of the Anjuman-E-Islam requested the Dharwad deputy commissioner to ensure that the Covid-19 test report is submitted within six hours of a patient’s death and to allow the relatives to conduct the last rites of the deceased on a full scale if the report comes back negative.