Mumbai: In an unfortunate turn of events, a body of a 27-years-old Tuberculosis patient, who tested COVID positive was found in the toilet of TB Hospital, Sewri, 14 days after the patient had gone missing. The patient, named Suryabhan Yadav, came to the hospital on September 30, after testing positive. He was referred by a medical officer in Goregaon.
Although the block toilets are supposed to be cleaned regularly, no one noticed the body. Even the other patients who used the toilets did not notice the body. A high-level inquiry has been ordered and a notice has been issued to at least 40 hospital staffers who worked in the ward run by the BMC. Yadav, who went missing since October 4, did not give his proper address while getting admitted, said a doctor from the hospital. Superintendent Dr Lalitkumar Anande said, "We had filed a missing report then. But it is common for TB patients to go absconding from the hospital."
The body was so badly decomposed that the hospital was unable to find the gender of the person. It is only when they looked into their records and found a patient from the same ward was missing since October 4 that they could identify the body. It is suspected that on October 4, Yadav went to the toilet and collapsed due to breathlessness.
The hospital management said no one complained of any foul smell, until October 18 when a ward boy found one of the three locked cubicles stinking. He climbed in the next cubicle and saw the dead body on the floor. The hospital immediately informed the police and sent the body to KEM hospital for a post-mortem.
The superintendent said that the cubicles were cleaned thrice in a day, but sometimes they are occupied by the patients and the cleaner goes away. However, the patients use the toilet regularly and should have smelt the body. The hospital has issued notices to all staffers on duty in that ward.
The police have initiated an investigation to determine if there is any foul play.
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