A freezer in the trauma ward stores the corpses
The patients admitted in the trauma ward of the Ferozepur civil hospital have dead bodies for company. With its only mortuary yet to be functional,the hospital has corpses stored in a deep freezer in the trauma ward.
Hospital Senior Medical Officer(SMO) Dr Baldev Arora explained: Our mortuary is ready,but it is not yet operational because local residents got a stay order from court. We,therefore,have no choice,but to keep the deep freezer in the trauma ward where the bodies are kept for a day before being taken for postmortem.
This,even as the doctor agreed that trauma ward patients need intensive care and keeping dead bodies in the ward only compounds their problems.
The situation worsened last Sunday when a dead body,reportedly kept in the freezer for three days,started emanating foul smell and all 12 patients in the ward had to be shifted out.
Ferozepur SSP S P S Parmar said: This case was with the Railway police. The vendors family was in Uttar Pradesh and his friends wanted to wait for their arrival.
Parmar,however,acknowledged the need for a better place to keep the dead bodies. At times,the bodies are kept for a few days. The civil hospital should find a storage,better than the freezer in trauma ward, he said.
A bench of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) comprising Justice Baldev Singh,L R Roojam and K K Bhatnagar have registered a complaint in the matter and sought a report from the director health and family welfare,Ferozepur SSP and the civil surgeon,by September 13.