Ambulance Unavailable: Garbage Van Takes Covid-19 Patient’s Body to Crematorium

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Garbage vehicles are being used to transport a COVID-19 patient’s body to a crematorium. This decision was made after the ambulance services became unavailable and private vehicles refused to help despite offers of extra money in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district, an official said on Tuesday.

The horrifying incident took place on Monday when a resident of Kinhi village went to consult a private doctor in a neighboring village. The village was 7 km away, and on the way, he collapsed and died outside the clinic. The police were immediately notified and a team from a government hospital was called in, he said, adding that following a rapid antigen test, the man was found positive for coronavirus.

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After all the required procedures, the body was handed over to Kinhi village authorities, who at first tried to hire an ambulance from Ter, said Vijay Hajgude, sarpanch of Kinhi gram panchayat.

“The ambulance at Ter hospital was reserved for ferrying pregnant women, so it could not be used for COVID-19 patients. Although we offered to pay double charges, other private vehicles, including local auto rickshaws, also refused to transport the body to the crematorium in Kinhi,” he said.

Without getting any vehicles, they decided to use garbage collection in the village and called in to take the body to the crematorium, he added. In spite of a slight drop in the Covid-19 cases, the Covid emergency in India still remains worrying which has overwhelmed hospitals and caused a crisis of life-saving resources such as oxygen.

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India registered over 4 lakh Covid-19 cases on Saturday. As per the reports, the nation has been seeing a dip in the daily Covid-19 cases. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi are the 10 states that have been contributing the most in the development of Covid-19 cases.