Apr 04, 2020

All COVID-19 deaths will be treated equally with no religious rituals  Featured

The Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that the WHO recommendation is to prevent the body  from being touched and only two people can view the body.

Dr. Jasinghe had made this statement at a meeting with the Prime Minister yesterday (March 02) regarding how to carry out the final rights of the patients who succumbed to COVID-19 virus. 

He has further stated that there is no specific instructions which are to be followed hundred percent and that it is difficult to find a suitable place in Sri Lanka for the burial of the bodies as the soil is rich with laterite which could cause the spread of the virus.

The Director General of Health Services has explained that  it could differ from area to area and there cannot be divisions based on whether the victims are Sinhalese or Muslims and that the bodies will be cremated  at the closest crematorium as soon as a patient dies.

The first victim was not even offered final rights

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has said that although the first deceased was a Buddhist, relatives of the patient had requested to be given the opportunity to carry out final rights by conducting a panshukula ritual , which was denied  by the authorities.