Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Asika, Oct 17:
Less than a fortnight after the Odisha government issued guideline for transportation of corpses, a body was carried on rickshaw due to unavailability of hearse at Aska community health centre (CHC) in Ganjam district last night.
According to reports, one Chanchala Swain (42) of Kalasandhapur was admitted to Aska CHC due to kidney ailments. She died at the hospital while undergoing treatment at around 8 PM yesterday. After realising unavailability of hearse or any other vehicle at the hospital, the family members of the deceased carried the body on a trolley rickshaw to their house.
Sources said, Aska Police Samiti has an ambulance to carry bodies and as per the state government’s guideline, the service will be provided after getting information from hospital authorities. However, the CHC authorities didn’t inform police regarding the incident for which the kin of the deceased couldn’t avail the service, sources added.
On being contacted, medical in-charge of the CHC Dr. Mohan Barik said that they are yet to receive the new guideline.