Covid death: Health minister promises opportunity to have last glimpse of deceased
Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister K K Shailaja said that a decision was taken to allow families to have a last glimpse of their beloved who passed away due to Covid-19.
An opportunity for the family members, strictly adhering to Covid safety protocol, will be given. The health workers will open the zip of the cover to reveal the face of the deceased, she added.
The SPO to be followed while cremating bodies and guidelines for dead body management have been issued by the local self-government department.
When a person dies of Covid, there are higher chances for the virus to spread from the body. People should not be allowed in close proximity. Hence care should be taken not to violate the guidelines, the minister added.
A certain distance should be maintained between the body and the person visiting. At no point one should touch the body. Those aged above 60 and below 10 and critically ill patients should not visit the body. No gathering will be allowed, she further stated.
Proper protocol should be followed during the funeral. Only trained hospital workers should handle it. PPE kit should be donned and personal hygiene should be ensured.
The body of Covid patient should be packed in triple layer and disinfected before allowing people to visit. After the funeral, the vehicle and stretcher that carried the body should be disinfected.
Those attending the funeral should follow quarantine as instructed by health department, minister added.