Sion Hospital: Shocking video shows COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment lying beside bodies

ST Staff
Thursday, 7 May 2020

Shocking videos that have surfaced on to social media show COVID-19 patients in Sion Hospital, Mumbai, sleeping amongst dead bodies.

Shocking videos that have surfaced on to social media show COVID-19 patients in Sion Hospital, Mumbai, sleeping amongst dead bodies.

The videos which will send chills down your spine has sparked outrage on Twitter. In the video, one can observe at least six dead bodies enfolded in black plastic, lying on the beds next to the patients undergoing treatment for coronavirus.

Nitesh Rane, a BJP leader uploaded the video on Twitter, and said that the hospital has confirmed the truth of the video and blamed the Mumbai civic body for 'mismanagement'. 

In his Twitter post, he said, “In Sion hospital..patients r sleeping next to dead bodies!!! This is extreme..what kind of administration is this! Very very shameful!! @mybmc”

He also uploaded another tweet which said, "So the dean of Sion hospital accepts the video and says the relatives don’t come to claim the bodies so we have kept them there. What should we as Mumbaikars expect from the BMC after this? Private hospitals are not accepting patients and Gov hospitals are in a mess”.

Former Union Minister, Milind Deora also on his Twitter handle uploaded the video and wrote, “Outraged to see corpses laid beside the sick at Sion Hospital. Why isn't BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) following WHO prescribed protocols when disposing of COVID-19 corpses? Public hospital staff are doing their best with limited resources at hand. Mumbai's administration needs to step up NOW!.”

As soon as the video made rounds on Twitter, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) ordered an enquiry into a case of mismanagement for coronavirus positive dead bodies in Mumbai.

While talking to PTI, Sion Hospital Dean Pramod Ingale said, “Relatives of those who lost their lives due to coronavirus were reluctant to take the bodies. That is the reason why the bodies were kept unattended. We have now removed the bodies and are probing the matter."

When asked about why the dead bodies were not moved into a mortuary, Dr Ingale replied, “There are 15 slots in the hospitals mortuary, of which 11 are already filled. If we shift all the bodies to the mortuary, it will be a problem for bodies of those who died of causes other than COVID-19."

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