Kalwa hosp to ex­tend post-mortem hours

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: Rel­a­tives of the de­ceased will no longer have to wait long hours to claim bod­ies as the Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Hospi­tal in Kalwa will ex­tend its post-mortem hours. TMC of­fi­cials said within a month, post-mortems would be done at the hospi­tal from 11am to 10pm.

The post- mortem tim­ing at the hospi­tal is 11.30am to 5.30pm.

The di­rec­tives were is­sued by the stand­ing com­mit­tee of the health de­part­ment. A med­i­cal of­fi­cer has been as­signed by the hospi­tal ease out mat­ters.

Ev­ery year, more than 500 post- mortems are car­ried out at the hospi­tal. Peo­ple not only from Thane city, but from all over the district visit the hospi­tal for treat­ment.

The stand­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers said most hos­pi­tals in Mum­bai have round-the-clock-post mortem fa­cil­ity. They added that ow­ing to the re­stricted tim­ing, rel­a­tives of the de­ceased have to wait all night for the post mortem to be done the next morn­ing.

Umesh Patil, Sena cor­po­ra­tor, said, “Peo­ple who die in ac­ci­dents or any other rea­son are brought for post mortem ei­ther in Kalwa or Thane Civil Hospi­tal. Ow­ing to the time limit, fam­ily or rel­a­tives of the de­ceased are forced to spend the night at the hospi­tal to claim the body. Th­ese tim­ings should be ex­tended till 10pm.”

He had also tabled a call­ing at­ten­tion mo­tion in the gen­eral body in the year 2008, how­ever, there was no re­sponse from the cor­po­ra­tion.

C Maitra, the dean of Kalwa hospi­tal said, “In the civil hospi­tal, the post-mortem is done by the chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer him­self. There is no such pro­vi­sion in Kalwa hospi­tal, thus we will need a ded­i­cated med­i­cal of­fi­cer for do­ing post mortem. The post of cut­ter is also va­cant for many years which need to be filled. The hospi­tal can in­crease the post mortem hours only af­ter ful­fill­ing th­ese re­quire­ments.”

San­jay Waghule, chair­man of stand­ing com­mit­tee added that post mortem is car­ried out for 24 hours in JJ Hospi­tal. “Sim­i­lar fa­cil­ity should be pro­vided in Kalwa Hospi­tal. The civic ad­min­is­tra­tion should ful­fill the above re­quire­ments and in­crease the post mortem hours.”

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