Multan’s Nishtar Hospital has blamed the police and rescue officials for the piles of dead bodies on the medical facility’s after videos of the decaying corpses went viral on social media platforms.
In response to the viral videos of the dead bodies on the roof of Nishtar Hospital, the Punjab Government and the medical facility’s vice-chancellor formed separate committees to probe the the matter.
Nishtar Medical University’s (NMU) Head of Anatomy Department Dr Maria Ashraf told Geo News that rescue official and police were to blame for the piles of dead bodies on the roof of the medical facility.
Dr Maria Ashraf added that Nishtar Hospital could not refuse to accept the bodies as it was bound to take them in as safekeeping. However, the police and rescue officials do not take them back on time.
She said that dead bodies received by Nishtar Hospital are kept in the morgue for a month and in case no one shows up to claim the bodies, it sends them back to the police for burial.
She said that bodies that dead bodies received by Nishtar Hospital are usually in decaying condition and they cannot be kept in the mortuary, which is the reason why the hospital keeps them on the roof, where there are three rooms.
However, the police usually delays the process, which makes it difficult to keep the bodies in storage. ” We follow all our SOPs, we do not refuse to take decayed bodies as well.” she added.
Talking about the role of Edhi Foundation, the hospital’s official added that the non-governmental organization had not been picking up the dead bodies as they do not have burial space in their graveyard.
Meanwhile, the police and Edhi Foundation have rejected the allegations.
Faisal Edhi said they had not refused to take the dead bodies for burial and had even contacted Nishtar Hospital asking for burial.