Assam government is likely to start a service to send back bodies from hospitals, this was announced by state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Sarma’s reaction came after the state government received all-round flak over an incident in Assam’s river island Majuli, where a youth had to tie his relative’s body to a bicycle to carry it back home after the person died at a government hospital.
Replying to the criticism, Sarma stated it was not the responsibility of the Health department after a person was dead. “The Health department is responsible for living humans. After death, it is the responsibility of the Social Welfare Department or some NGO. We cannot use ambulance for carrying bodies, otherwise there will be an ethical question.”
He further revealed that presently ambulance services like 108 and 104 are provided to take patients to hospital. “We do not have such a service for bodies. We have to see and work out a mechanism so that bodies can be taken back from hospital.”