Human Rights Commission files suo motu case over death of elderly man on road in Kerala

70-year-old Govindankutty was lying on the road for about an hour reportedly as no one was willing to take him to the hospital suspecting Covid-19
Human Rights Commission files suo motu case over death of elderly man on road in Kerala
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The State Human Rights Commission has registered a suo moto case over the death of an old man who had been left nearly for an hour on the MC road near Kalady Junction. The deceased was identified as Govindankutty, a native of Kaduval. The incident took place at Kalady junction in Perumbavoor.

70-year-old Govindankutty was lying on the road for about an hour reportedly as no one was willing to take him to the hospital suspecting Covid-19. However, later the old man was rushed to the hospital by the police officials who reached the spot wearing PPE kits, but the old man had passed away by the time. According to reports, the transportation of Govindankutty got further delayed as they had to wait nearly an hour for an ambulance to arrive. Even when the ambulance reached, it further got delayed as the driver did not have a PPE kit available.

The District Medical Officer and the Aluva Rural Police Chief were instructed to submit a report over the incident within four weeks by Chairman of Human Rights Commission Rtd Justice Antony Dominic.

Meanwhile, as the state is struggling due to the second wave of Covid-19, Kerala has decided to purchase vaccine by self. The process regarding the purchase in bulk will begin this week. Currently, the state has 330693 dose vaccine in stock. The Kerala government is also considering the Central government's decision to administer the vaccine to those belonging to the age group of 18 to 45 through the private sector.

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