Indore: An 87-year-old COVID-19 victim who died was found nibbled by rats at a private hospital in Madhya Pradesh on Monday. The incident came to light when a video surfaced on social media.
The old man identified as Navin Chandra Jain from Indore was admitted to a private hospital on September 17 following severe breathing problems. He was being treated in a Covid-19 ward.
The family of the deceased was informed on Monday by the hospital that the man has died and a van of the Indore municipal corporation will take the body for cremation.
However, the family alleged that the old man did not say anything about his deteriorating health and was in touch with them on phone till Sunday afternoon.
Prachi Jain, one of the family members of the deceased told the media that the hospital administration handed them a bill of Rs 1 lakh as they reached there to claim the body on Monday noon. After paying the bill, the family was handed over the body by the hospital but they were shocked to see that the man's body was nibbled by rats all over. One of the eyes also carried an injury mark.
Indore's COVID-19 nodal officer Amit Malakar informed that the elderly man, who was on oxygen support due to the severity of the infection, died in the hospital on Sunday. "The hospital management handed over his body to us on Monday and we have found rat bite marks on his ears and thumbs," he claimed.
Malakar informed that the district administration has ordered a probe into the incident and the additional district magistrate will handle the probe.