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KP govt allows taking bodies of COVID-19 victims home for last rites

In this file photo, the deceased’s relatives can be seen offering their final prayers. The funeral of reited Maj Sardar Ilyas, who died due to coronavirus, was held at his native graveyard in Abbottabad on Sunday. -PPI

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday allowed people to take bodies of coronavirus victims home for the observance of last rites — the bath and prayer before burial — but under strictly defined guidelines.

According to the KP health department, no case of transmission of the disease from a dead body has been reported anywhere in the world so far.

The department said that the decision was made keeping in mind that the provincial government has already issued necessary guidelines for relatives of the deceased persons on taking the body home.

Under the guidelines issued:
– Relatives would not touch the body without wearing gloves and masks.

– The body would be covered by either cloth coffin or plastic bags for burial.

– The relatives of deceased persons are allowed to bathe the body but after putting on gloves, masks and other protective wear.

– The last sighting of the dead body is also allowed by the government but all the while maintaining social distancing.

– Staff designated by the government would supervise the whole burial process as part of the precautionary measures.

Earlier, the deceased person’s body was not allowed to be taken home and burial was also done in isolation by the designated staff of the government.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has also issued guidelines to perform the burial of a coronavirus patient by taking necessary precautionary measures.

– Prior to departure: Team composition and preparation of disinfectants.

– Assemble all necessary equipment.

– Arrival at deceased patient home: prepare burial with family and evaluate risks.

– Put on all personal protective equipment (PPE).

– Placement of the body in the body bag.

– Placement of the body bag in a coffin where culturally appropriate.

– Sanitise the family’s environment.

– Remove PPE, manage waste and perform hand hygiene.

– Transport the coffin or the body bag to the cemetery.

– Burial at the cemetery: place coffin or body bag into the grave.

– Burial at the cemetery: engaging community for prayers to dissipates tensions and provide respectful time.

– Return to the hospital or team headquarters.

Source :Geo news

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