Chennai – Shameful act by Govt. Hospital authorities.

Doctors shy away from body of suspected HIV+ youth

CHENNAI: It was a harrowing experience for the kin of a suspected HIV-positive youth, who committed suicide at Narikuravar Colony in Pallavaram on Saturday. They had to run around with the body as doctors refused to conduct post-mortem citing inadequate facilities.

According to police, the 25-year-old victim committed suicide by hanging on Saturday afternoon. He took the extreme step unable to overcome the shock of his blood samples testing positive for HIV.

When his family members took the body to Chrompet Government Hospital, doctors said adequate facilities were not available to conduct post-mortem and asked them to go to Royapettah Government Hospital.

When they took the body there, hospital authorities said the post-mortem could be conducted at Chrompet Government Hospital itself as HIV-positive bodies required special facilities for autopsy. However, staff at the Chrompet hospital maintained that there was no provision to conduct the post-mortem.

With no other option, about 100 people, including women, gathered at the Pallavaram police station with the body and threatened to resort to a road blockade if immediate steps were not taken to conduct the post-mortem.

Special Correspondent, for The Hindu

Senior police officials intervened and held discussions with Resident Medical Officer. “Doctors have agreed to conduct the post-mortem on Sunday.

There seems to have been a communication gap. The issue has been resolved amicably,” a police official said.

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