Meghalaya: Bodies of COVID victims are now allowed to be taken home
The Meghalaya government has allowed families of deceased persons who died because of COVID-19 to take their bodies home and keep them outside the house for not over 48 hours before cremating or burying them.
This, however, will only be allowed once the body is tightly covered and the coffin completely sealed to ensure the safety of the family members.
Earlier, the government had prohibited bodies of COVID victims to be taken to the houses, and the rituals/burial was conducted by government authorities.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Hek allayed fears of the dangers that can arise from taking the mortal remains of COVID victim’s home.
“Once the body is covered properly and the coffin properly sealed, there is no danger,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hek informed that the oxygen cylinders dedicated to COVID-19 in East Khasi Hills are B Type-380, D Type-187 and the total is 567; in West Khasi Hills, there are 30 B Type and 36 3D Type.
The total number of oxygen supported beds in Meghalaya is 609, with 65 ICU beds. The total stands at 674.
Referring to private hospitals in Shillong, he said there are 25 oxygen supported beds and 6 ICU beds in Nazareth Hospital, 30 oxygen supported beds and 7 ICU beds in Dr H. Gordon Rangad Hospital.
With the government coming up with containment measures to be effected from May 1 to May 10, Hek expressed optimism that the restrictions will reduce the spread of the virus.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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