In a rather bizarre goof up by authorities, an elderly coronavirus patient was brought back home in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district by his family members, a week after they received “his body” from a COVID hospital and cremated it.
Shibdas Bandyopadhyay returned home a day before his family members were to perform ceremonies following his death.
The 75-year-old man was admitted to the hospital on November 11 after he tested positive for COVID-19 and two days later his family members were informed of his demise, a health department official said.
The body was kept in a plastic bag, following COVID-19 protocols, and shown to the family members from a distance, and they said they could not see the face clearly.
When enquired on whose body was cremated thinking it to that of Bandyopadhyay, the health department official said that another elderly COVID-19 patient, Mohinimohan Mukhopadhyay of Khardah had died on November 13 and “it was he whose last rites were performed”.
The incident came to light after Mukhopadhyay’s family members were informed that he has been cured of COVID-19 and they reached the hospital to take him home, the official said.
The state health department constituted a four-member committee to probe the matter.