Despite the fact that very limited number of people are attending funerals, as per the Government orders. Still, the scene at the crematory is really disturbing and heartbreaking. When visited Gangabai Ghat in East Nagpur the scenario, at the Ghat (crematory), was as never before. Three dead bodies of the Covid patients were already burning, a minibus of NMC came with 7 more dead bodies. On one Otta (platform) three dead bodies were burnt. As soon as the Mini Bus returned, an ambulance carrying 3 dead bodies came in just 15 minutes. Another queue of the dead bodies at the diesel cremation was also seen. The grievances of the people, meeting their near one at the crematory, were all shocking.
But the situation raised a common question, is the figure reported daily is genuine. On further inquiry with the Ghat official, he said, “Around 60 cremation, 50 were Covid and 10 non Covid.”
On further inquiry with other ghats of city about the number of cremation done in last 24 hours-
On April 28 Nearly 269 cremation of Covid-19 dead is done.
Officials of NMC and supervisors were of the opinion that reporting and actual cremation will never match. “A death in the night before 12 is counted same day. The process of hospital clearance and other formalities takes time to be completed and the actual cremation is done on the second day. Even the outstation patient’s relative takes more time, so the figures will never match.” Even it was observed that crematorium, which was used very rarely, and the majority of the people never knew about them are now working in the pandemic period.