Five doctors including a civil surgeon were suspended from service after ants were seen on the dead body of a man at a Madhya Pradesh District Hospital in Shivpuri.
As per images circulated on social media, ants crawled on the open eyes of 50-year-old Balchandra Lodhi, whose body was left at the Shivpuri district hospital medical ward for hours.
With the grisly image provoking outrage in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Kamal Nath has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Taking to Twitter, Nath tweeted that “such incidents are a shame for humanity and cannot be tolerated”.
“It is highly insensitive that the ants were crawling on the dead patient at a district hospital in Shivpuri. Such incidents are a shame for humanity and cannot be tolerated. I have ordered an inquiry and strict action will be taken against those found guilty,” said the Chief Minister on Twitter.
ऐसी घटनाएँ मानवता व इंसानियत को शर्मसार करती है , बर्दाश्त क़तई नहीं की जा सकती है।
घटना के जाँच के आदेश , जाँच में दोषी व लापरवाही बरतने वालों पर कड़ी कार्यवाही के निर्देश।
— Office Of Kamal Nath (@OfficeOfKNath) October 16, 2019
Lodhi, a Tuberculosis patient, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning but died shortly.
According to an ANI report, it is alleged that other patients in the ward had informed the doctors but the staff left the body lying in the same place.
The social media images showed the dead man’s wife removing the ants off his face.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted on the incident saying “it puts humanity to shame and is heartwrenching”.
“The incident puts humanity to shame and is heartwrenching. I have spoken to the health minister, Tulsi Silawat, and asked that those guilty should be strongly punished so that such cases don’t recur,” the Congress leader tweeted in Hindi.
मानवता को शर्मशार करने वाली वाली शिवपुरी जिला अस्पताल की घटना बहुत ही दुःखद और ह्रदयविदारक है।
मैंने स्वास्थ्य मंत्री तुलसी सिलावटजी से इस विषय पर चर्चा कर निवेदन किया है, दोषियों के खिलाफ सख्त से सख्त कार्यवाही की जाए, जिससे भविष्य में ऐसी घटनाओं की पुनरावृत्ति न हो। pic.twitter.com/wLGwGytMPX
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) October 16, 2019