An 822-year-old Bhusawal woman who went missing for eight days at a government hospital on Wednesday was found dead inside a toilet at the same hospital in a stampede, police officials and her relatives said.
According to Akbar Patel, senior inspector of Jilapeth police station, the authorities and family of Jalgaon Civil Hospital (JCH) informed the police that he was missing on June 2.
“Then, we conducted a thorough investigation in Vosval, checked the registrar of all patients in the presence of relatives, scanned the CCTV footage and then recorded the complaint in June,” Patel told IANS.
The woman tested positive for Covid-19 on May 27 and was admitted to another hospital before being transferred to JCH, where a police team was dispatched to investigate. JCH authorities confirmed that he had been seen in the ward until June 2, after which the woman’s whereabouts were unknown.
“Finally, today, there was some foul smell from a toilet in the hospital and we found the woman’s body there. We informed the family accordingly,” Patel said.
In a video message, his troubled grandson appealed to citizen Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to order an inquiry into the incident and punish those who are negligent or guilty.
The second recorded case of ‘missing’ Kovid-19 patient
This is the second time in the last three days that a ‘missing’ Kovid-19 patient has gone missing, which has angered the state health authorities.
On Tuesday, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar ordered an investigation after the body of an 80-year-old male Covid-19 patient who went missing from Dr BR. The Ambedkar Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali was found near Borivali station on Sunday, possibly killed in a train accident.
State BJP vice-president Kirit Somaiya has raised the issue and demanded an inquiry into the incident.