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Finality reached to begin burials of COVID19 victims initially in Irnatheewu… Asela Gunawardane

Asela Gunawardane

Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardane has stated that a finality has been reached to begin the burial of victims of COVID 19 initially at Iranathivu Island.

He was speaking to the media. He said: “All arrangements are in place to issue the circular containing these guidelines. Initially, the Health Ministry has identified Iranathivu Island for the burial of those who die of COVID 19 infection. In the circular we clearly instruct the relevant provincial heads to decide the most suitable land for the burial of COVID dead bodies through a committee comprising of Chief Secretary of the Provincial Council, District Secretaries, Provincial Director General of Health Services and relevant authorities and submit their proposals for the approval of the Director General of Health.

The transportation of the dead bodies will be done at Government expense and measures have already been taken to provide transport facilities from the Colombo Judicial Medical Officers’ office and Welikanda Base Hospital. Two relatives of COVID 19 victims will be allowed to come to the burial ground. The burial will be conducted under the supervision of the Medical Officer of Health or the Public Health Instructor of the area. Although it is mainly the Muslim community which agitated for this facility, members of any community can opt for it. The authorities were also reported to be looking at other burial sites around the country.”

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