JAMMU, May 15: Condemning the denial of cremation of the dead body of a COVID patient at Jogi Gate (Jammu), Balvinder Singh (a social activist) said that public must be sensitized that infection unlikely to spread from dead body of any COVID patient.
Addressing media persons here at Jammu, Balvinder Singh along with other members of civil society strongly condemned the denial of cremation of the dead body of Corona patient of Preet Nagar by Corporators of Ward 6 and 7 at Jogi Gate, the day before yesterday.
Singh said that despite the clear guidelines issued by World Health Organization and Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) with regard to the dead body management of the COVID-19 patient and clarification that infection unlikely to spread from dead body of Corona patients, the Government of J&K has miserably failed to disseminate such information among the general public.
He said the denial of cremation of COVID patient’s body at Jogi Gate was the result of unawareness of the public. Singh said that as per WHO and MOHFW as on date there is no evidence of any person becomes infected from exposure to the bodies of persons who died of COVID-19.
Singh said that the key factors of the guidelines are that the main driver of transmission of COVID-19 is through droplets. There is unlikely to be an increased risk of COVID infection from a dead body to health workers or family members who follow standard precautions like hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment (e.g., water resistant apron, gloves, masks, and eyewear).
The activist appealed LG G C Murmu, his advisor Rajeev Bhatnagar and Financial Commissioner H&FW Atal Dulloo to immediately create awareness among the general public with regard to the guidelines on dead body management of COVID-19 so that fear psychosis prevailing among the general public with regard to the cremation/burial of the dead bodies of the Corona patient be removed.