Bengal Covid Patient Comes Home Days After Being Declared Dead

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A Bengal Covid patient returns home days after being pronounced dead. (Representative)

Calcutta:

In a strange incident, an elderly coronavirus patient was taken home in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal by family members a week after receiving ‘his body’ from a COVID hospital and the ‘cremated.

Shibdas Bandyopadhyay, a resident of Birati, returned home a day before family members performed his shradh.

The 75-year-old was admitted to Barasat hospital on November 11 after testing positive for COVID-19 and two days later family members were notified of his death, an official said on Saturday of the health department.

The body was kept in a plastic bag, following COVID protocols, and shown to family members from a distance, and they said they couldn’t clearly see the face.

“We cremated the body and we were ready to perform the shradh today. However, we got a call yesterday. Someone told us that my father had recovered and that we should arrange an ambulance to bring him back. home from the hospital, ”Mr. Bandyopadhyay’s son said. .

“We are shocked and surprised. However, we brought him home. We don’t know who we cremated,” he said.

Asked about the cremated body thinking it was Bandyopadhyay’s, the health department official said another elderly COVID patient, Mohinimohan Mukhopadhyay from Khardah also died on November 13 and “that’s him whose last rites have been performed “.

The incident came to light on Friday after Mr Mukhopadhyay’s family members were told he had been cured of COVID-19 and arrived at the hospital to take him home, the responsible.

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The state’s health department has formed a four-member committee to investigate the matter, the official said.

When contacted, an official with the North 24 Parganas District Health Department said: “If laxity is found on the part of the hospital, we will take strict action. But it appears that the confusion has been created by the documents of the two parents. “

Meanwhile, the president of the BJP in West Bengal, Dilip Ghosh, has claimed that such incidents can only happen in West Bengal.

He accused the state government of carrying out fewer tests in a day to keep the coronavirus count low.

“Our neighboring states like Bihar, Odisha and UP are testing more than a lakh of tests while they (the government of West Bengal) keep it at 45,000 because they want to suppress the fact.

“If they test more than a lakh of samples, more than 20,000 new cases will be diagnosed. They have no right to play games with people’s lives,” Ghosh told reporters.

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