Duty, sometimes, proves to be the biggest drive behind actions, and this story proves the same.
When a 45-year-old Covid-19 patient breathed his last in a hospital in Peddapalli, the tractor driver supposed to take his body to the crematorium, backed out.
Despite many attempts from the Dr. Pendyala Sriram, the district surveillance officer, he didn’t agree.
So, the medic did what needed to be done, he drove the tractor himself.
Telangana doctor drives tractor to transport Covid-19 victim’s body for last rites.— India Thinks (@IndiaThinksNews) July 13, 2020
Dr Pendyala Sriram stepped in after municipal staff refused to touch the body. #PendyalaSriram #Pedappali #PedapalliDistrict #Telangana #Covid_19 #COVID19 #Doctor #Doctors #Thankyoudoctors pic.twitter.com/RoviWrSjZY
Dr Pendyala Sriram, District Survillance Officer, Covid, Peddapalli, drove a tractor with the body of patient who died of Covid to the cremation ground. As the municipal driver refused, the doctor, also a weekend farmer, drove the tractor for 2 km. #Telangana pic.twitter.com/7NYeKy95pK— Sushil Rao (@sushilrTOI) July 14, 2020
A rare yet great gesture by Dr. Pendyala Sriram from #Telangana who made sure the #COVID Victim received dignity in death.— Veeresh Kasani (@KasaniVeeresh) July 14, 2020
Humanitarian deeds only can save Humanity in crisis.#Respect #HumanityFirst #doctors pic.twitter.com/zYzgtzp36d
The hospital was provided a tractor because it does not have an ambulance or a mortuary. In an interview given to The Times of India, the doctor said:
It was already six hours since the patient had died. The family was getting restive. The staff too was not comfortable seeing a body still lying there.
Dr Pendyala Sriram, a doctor in Telangana on Sunday came forward to drive a tractor carrying the body of a Covid-19 victim to the cremation ground for last rites at a time when there have been instances of mishandling bodies . Salute to Him!— ParleG ka chota pack (@ramanveejar) July 13, 2020
He added that it was his duty to give a dignified funeral to the patients.