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HIV Patient Dies in Civil Hospital, no Claimant for Body Yet

A WEEK ON, there is still no claimant of the body of an HIV positive youth who died in the Civil Hospital on Thursday.

The 35–year–old man, a native of Joanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, died at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital Anti Retro Viral Therapy Centre (ARTC), unattended by his family and friends, said hospital sources. The body still lies in the mortuary. This is the second such incident reported at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in the last two months.

“Every month two or three such incidents occur at the Civil Hospital. These are most common with HIV patients or senior citizens from Ahmedabad and elsewhere,” said Shahibaug Police Inspector J S Panchal.

J V Satapara, Resident Medical Officer (RMO) of the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, said: “The HIV positive youth was brought to the ARTC by his friend P Datamia. From the information we could gather, we came to know that the youth was working somewhere in Meghaninagar. We will keep his body for seven days and then dispose it off.”

He added, “Sometimes we keep such (unclaimed) bodies for over a month with the hope that their relatives would come.” “The youth was brought to the hospital at 12 noon on Wednesday by his friend. He used to come for medication at ARTC. When he died, we tried to contact his brother, but he threw away the SIM card of the mobile phone,” said an ARTC counsellor refusing to divulge any details about the relatives of the deceased.

Meanwhile, the Gujarat State Network of People with HIV/AIDS (GNSP) and Greater Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) are trying to locate the relatives of the deceased. GNSP Coordinator Pradeep Raval said: “The deceased was recently detected with HIV/AIDS and was asked to come on February 16. But he came on February 24 in a critical condition. His friends who had accompanied him did not disclose their identity because of the stigma attached with this disease.”

He added: “We had spoken to the hospital authorities about performing his last rites. However, they have asked us to wait till March 4. If no claimant turns up, then the NGO would take up the responsibility.”

Raval further said that HIV positive patients rarely disclose their addresses, which makes it difficult to locate them later. In this case, ARTC records say the victim was from Bapunagar while others say he was working in Meghaninagar.

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Source :Indian Express

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