The COVID-19 patient’s body was left unattended for 2 days which led to the ghastly incident of stray dogs feasting on the patient’s body in an Andhra Pradesh government hospital.
The shocking incident took place at RIMS, Ongole in Prakasam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The patient, M. Radhakrishna Reddy, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 5th August. He allegedly requested officials to allow him home isolation. But officials allegedly did not listen to him and shifted him to the hospital and admitted on 8th August. He allegedly committed suicide at midnight on August 10. He plunged to his death from the third floor of the hospital.
Since then, the body has been left unattended for 2 days. On Monday evening visitors noticed the body with dogs around it. They informed security personnel, who later came and shooed away the dogs. It shocked them to find that the victim’s body had bite injuries and a partially chewed off ear.
Former Chief Minister and opposition leader of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu shared a video of the dead body on twitter. And said, “This is heartbreaking! A patient’s dead body has been lying uncared at the Ongole GGH for 2 days. Dogs have mauled & eaten the body sending jitters into co-patients. This is a serious violation of human dignity & huge mgmt failure of AP Gov. I am at loss of words to condemn this!”
The family members on Tuesday identified the body. The apathy shown towards the victim by the officials and health personnel disgusted them. Family made a protest against them. A preliminary probe took place.
So far, the hospital has denied such allegations. RIMS superintendent Dr. D Sreeramulu said that although the victim was brought to the hospital on 5th August, he was not admitted to the hospital as there are no in-patient or outpatient records by his name. A probe has been ordered to investigate the case.