Sambalpur, November 4 (LocalWire): As in life, so in death: the stigma of HIV continued to haunt the sixty-year-old man who succumbed to HIV/AIDS at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla.
According to sources, a native of Bargarh district who was admitted for tumor surgery had died at 8.45 am on Sunday, but the hospital staff and attendants did not shift the body from the hospital bed for more than 12 hours fear infection of HIV from the dead man.
The family members who had admitted the man on 22 October in serious condition had left the hospital since then.
The body was finally shifted to the mortuary at around 9.15 pm after the intervention of the police, which received an anonymous call informing them of the incident.
The body will be kept at the mortuary for 72 hours as per the law as nobody had claimed the body, sources stated.
If nobody turns up to claim the body, police will do the needful for the list rites of the body, a senior police officer stated.
“The matter is being inquired into. The negligence of this nature will be sternly dealt with on the basis of the inquiry report,” VIMSAR superintendent Jayashree Dora said
“HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) law remains enforced in the country to safeguard the rights of people living with and affected by the HIV virus.
However, paying disrespect to a man who succumbed to AIDS is obnoxious and detestable in a premiere government-run medical college and hospital,” human rights activist Bijaya Kumar Panda said.