Shibdas Banerjee,75, was once infected by the coronavirus and due to this fact declared deceased and cremated on November 13. But then, Banerjee returned to his circle of relatives at Birati in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Friday night while preparations were on for his shraddh following Hindu rituals.
There is more to what’s being described as faux pas and apathy by the staff at the Balaram Basu hospital in Khardah, located in the same district, where Banerjee was once admitted on November 4. The state health branch is conducting an inquiry into it.
The man who died and was once cremated on November 13 by Banerjee’s son Sanjib was once one Mohinimohan Mukherjee, 75, a resident of Khardah in the same district and a retired employee of the native civic body.
Mukherjee, too, was once admitted at Balaram Basu hospital on November 4 but was once transferred to the Covid-19 hospital at Barasat in North 24 Parganas on November 7, health branch officials said. Alternatively, the medical records that were sent with him to the Barasat hospital belonged to Banerjee. The records got swapped and Banerjee remained under remedy as Mohinimohan Mukherjee till he retrieved.
The truth came to light on Friday when the Balaram Basu hospital staff called up Mukherjee’s circle of relatives to notify that he was once able for discharge as he had tested negative for Covid-19 after remedy.
“When I went to the hospital I used to be shocked to see a different person sitting in a wheelchair,” Mukherjee’s son Sandip told the native media. “The hospital authorities realized that they had made a faux pas and informed Banerjee’s circle of relatives,” he added.
Banerjee’s circle of relatives took him home late on Friday night.
The district health branch has formed a four-member committee to inquire the incident. “This is indeed unlucky. The inquiry committee’s outline has been sent to the state health branch and essential action will be taken,” district chief medical officer of health (CMOH) Tapas Roy said while talking to the media.
Banerjee’s circle of relatives did not talk to the media till Sunday afternoon.