Heatwave Havoc in Noida? 75 Bodies Sent for Autopsy in Just 3 Days, Morgues Strained

Hospitals are facing challenges in keeping the bodies as the capacity of the post-mortem house is 10-12 bodies. The CMO also said that the health department has tied up with more hospitals and is trying to increase their capacity. Three doctors have been assigned to perform the post-mortem examinations.
Representative Image: Heatwave Crisis

Representative Image: Heatwave Crisis

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Noida: The Health Department of Gautam Budh Nagar district, which covers Noida and Greater Noida, has reported that at least 75 dead bodies have been received for post-mortem in the time span of June 18 to June 20. The number of deaths has been reported while the city is reeling under a scorching heat that is causing fatal health issues for the residents. Meanwhile, the health staff is waiting for post-mortem reports to confirm if the deaths were caused by extreme heat.
Dr Sunil Sharma, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Gautam Budh Nagar, said hospitals had received 20 bodies as brought in dead and 10 bodies were unidentified. He said that the number of dead bodies has risen in the past three days.
Staff Faces Challenges in Keeping Dead Bodies
Hospitals are facing challenges in keeping the bodies as the capacity of the post-mortem house is 10-12 bodies. The CMO also said that the health department has tied up with more hospitals and is trying to increase their capacity. Three doctors have been assigned to perform the post-mortem examinations.
Senior health officials of the district said that usually the number of bodies received for post-mortem in a day average around seven or eight and described the fatalities as "unexpected".
Private hospitals have provided their mortuary freezers to the department to keep dead bodies, according to officials.
Union Ministry's Response
Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Wednesday organised a meeting and directed the setup of special heatwave units in all central government hospitals to cater to such patients. He also encouraged people to stay hydrated.
Delhi Faces Severe Heatwave Crisis
Meanwhile on June 20, Delhi’s Nigam Bodh Ghat (cremation ground) was strained due to cremation of at least 136 bodies. The crisis came after several deaths had been recorded due to heatwaves.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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