Bhubaneswar, July 25 (LocalWire): The state government today came out with a new set of guidelines on the management of dead bodies of deceased Coronavirus patients in the state.
The norms were released by the office of the Special Relief Commissioner(SRC).
The norms claim that the body should be properly covered and wrapped in non leaking covers and also disinfected from outside.
The norms also claim that the kin of the patients enjoy the right to conduct the last rites of the deceased as per the religious beliefs sans touch.
“The family member(s) of the patient are allowed to view the body at the time of removal from the isolation room or area with the application of standard precautions,” the norms said.
It also added, “Religious rituals, such as reading from religious scripts, sprinkling of holy water and any other last rites that does not require touching of the body can be allowed. The ash also can be collected to perform the last rites,” it said.
The norms mandated handling, transportation of the deceased in a decent manner.
“Bathing, kissing, hugging etc of the body are strictly prohibited,” the norms said.
The norms claimed that in case the relatives do not want to do the last rites on their own, the state government will do the same as per the religious practice.