MADURAI: At least 37 Covid sufferers reportedly died at Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in simply 24 hours until Friday night. Sources stated that till final October, the variety of Covid deaths reported at the hospital was on declining pattern. “However, there has been an alarming spike in the number in the past 15 days,” they stated.
An official stated that in a day, at least 25 sufferers at GRH who’re identified with Covid-19 (assessments constructive in RT-PCR take a look at) or scientific Covid (assessments unfavourable in RT-PCR take a look at however has lung involvement akin to Covid affected person) or suspected Covid (RT-PCR outcomes awaited at the time of demise) are being reported lifeless.
In a span of 24 hours, at least 41 sufferers, admitted to Covid wings of GRH, died and had been cremated/buried at varied locations in Madurai and the encircling districts on Friday, sources stated, including that of them, 37 had examined constructive.
“As a result, on Friday, long queues could be witnessed at the two electric crematoriums in the city. Due to an overwhelming number of bodies that arrive at the Thathaneri crematorium, the working hours were extended till 10 pm four days ago, based on an oral instruction from Madurai Corporation authorities,” sources stated.
Long wait and queues at crematoriums subsequent trigger for concern?
The second gasifier at Thathaneri crematorium that was dysfunctional for greater than a 12 months was fastened and commenced its operation on Friday to deal with the elevated variety of corpses, they added. The son of a banker who died of Covid at the GRH stated that he needed to anticipate two-and-a-half hours at one of many crematoriums in town to cremate the physique of his father who died on Friday.
As per the bulletin issued by the State Health division, 51 Covid deaths had been reported in Madurai district from April 1 to April 30. Of them, 49 Covid deaths had been reported at varied personal hospitals in town whereas solely two Covid deaths in the district had been reported at GRH in the final 30 days – demise of a 36-year-old man who died on April 15 and was recorded in the bulletin on April 17 and demise of a 56-year-old man who died on April 28 and was recorded in the bulletin on April 30.
When requested if Covid deaths at the GRH are being underreported, Dean of GRH, Dr J Sangumani, denied it saying, the hospital treats Covid sufferers not solely from Madurai district but in addition from different southern districts and receives a number of circumstances of delayed referrals from different hospitals. He added that solely the deaths of those that take a look at constructive in RT-PCR are recorded formally (in the bulletin) as a Covid sufferer. He identified that a couple of our bodies of suspected Covid sufferers are saved at the hospital for a day or two till the Covid take a look at outcomes arrive.
The hospital is provided with almost 10 freezer packing containers which might be earmarked for Covid sufferers admitted to the Superspeciality Block and the Trauma Care block. Commenting on the services to retailer the our bodies of sufferers who died at each the Covid wings, an official stated that preparations are being made to transform one further room right into a makeshift morgue.
Expressing issues over the preparedness to deal with greater variety of Covid deaths in the wake of the second wave, GRH officers and sources at the district administration sought the operation of further hearse vans. Asenior official at Madurai Corporation stated that with bereaved households gathering in giant numbers at the crematoriums and ready there for hours, might probably flip crematoriums into hotspots.