A morgue in India is so overrun with coronavirus victims that one body was reportedly left out to decompose on a stretcher for 10 days.
Hospital staff only noticed the decaying corpse once the stench became unbearable, it is reported.
Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital (MY) is one of the biggest hospitals in Madhya Pradesh and is the teaching hospital of MGM Medical College in Indore.
Its morgue has been swamped with corpses in recent months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 82,000 Indians so far.
Some days see more than 20 bodies arrive in the morgue, which only has 16 freezers.
It’s believed there wasn’t enough room for one corpse so it was left on a stretcher and seemingly forgotten about. It was only discovered once a strong smell of rotting flesh began emanating from a particular section of the morgue.
Staff found the unidentified body in an advance state of decomposition, which is believed to have been about 10 days old.
An inquiry into the forgotten corpse has now been ordered by hospital authorities.
“In case of unidentified bodies, we keep them in the freezer for at least seven days after which we inform the municipal corporation to dispose of them respectfully,” a hospital employee known only as Thakur told the Hindustan Times.
“Now, we are inquiring why this particular body was not shifted to the freezer and whether or not the municipal corporation was informed about it.”
Thakur said the bodies received at the MY Hospital morgue belong to both coronavirus victims and patients who died of other causes.
“Sometimes in a day, more than 20 bodies come to the morgue and we have only 16 freezers,” they said.
“Hence, we have also requested the authorities concerned to increase the number of freezers.”
In June the body of a coronavirus patient went missing from a hospital in Mumbai, and was later found partially decomposed in the overcrowded morgue.
Other Indian hospitals have come under scrutiny after viral footage showed Covid-19 patients being treated next to dead bodies, which are supposed to be removed from hospital rooms within 30 minutes of death.
India recently passed the grim milestone of five million coronavirus cases.