65-year-old Nayagaon man is first Chandigarh tricity area fatality
A 65-year-old Nayagaon man has become the first coronavirus-related death in the tricity, even as three health workers, including two nurses and a doctor, tested positive for the disease on Tuesday.
The patient, Om Parkash, was declared dead at 1pm. Terming him “Covid-19 positive”, the death report stated “respiratory failure” as the immediate cause of death and “acute respiratory distress syndrome” as the antecedent cause.
PGIMER director Dr Jagat Ram said, “The patient was officially declared dead at 1pm. He was critical and had been on ventilator support.”
Samples of 25 primary contacts of the patient have been collected, while 31 contacts have been placed in home quarantine in Nayagaon, where cops have been deployed to ensure compliance.
Dr Rajendra Bhooshan, medical specialist, civil hospital, Phase 6, Mohali, said, among the 25 people tested, the patient’s son, his wife and two children had tested negative. “Reports of the other 21 samples are awaited,” he said.
Wrapped in a white sheet, the body of Om Parkash was directly taken to the PGIMER mortuary by the staff donning personal protective equipment (PPE), before it was moved to the crematorium in Sector 57.
As the body kept lying outside the mortuary on a stretcher for over an hour, no one was allowed to approach it as the area was sealed.
Mohali civil surgeon Manjit Singh said, “The body was directly taken to the electric crematorium where the cremation was done around 5.30pm. No one from the family, except his son, was allowed to attend. His other family members are under quarantine, so we could not allow them to attend the cremation. There were no remnants to hand over to the family.”
Mohali deputy commissioner Girish Dayalan said six people were present at the crematorium. “The body was properly sealed at PGIMER and transported by the district health department team taking all precautions,” he added.