Dimapur, July 18: With the initiative of District Task Force, the Kohima Village Task Force and the Health & Family Welfare Department, conducted a training and demonstration on dead body management at Christ King Church, Kohima Village on July 17.
Resource person, Dy. CMO, H&FW, Dr. Khriesilie Sachii elaborated on the updated guidelines of COVID-19 dead body management which was issued by the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare and stated that there is a minimal risk of spread of COVID-19 infection from a dead body if standard precautionary measures are followed. However, misconceptions, stigma, and discrimination of the families remain when a person dies of COVID-19.
Sachii highlighted the preparation of a dead body in a healthcare institution setting, the transportation process, the procedure at the burial site/crematorium. He also briefed on the additional sections on handling COVID-19 deaths in a home/community setting, safety guideline for the caregiver of the deceased, and prevention of stigmatisation and discrimination during COVID-19 deaths.
He further stressed that during lockdown or period of travel restrictions, family members, relatives, and friends of the deceased may be allowed to travel to attend funeral on special permission from the respective district task forces with safety precautions and should follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.
The dead should be honoured and families allowed to pay their last respect in a safe manner, he added.
Kohima Village Council Chairman, Helievi-o Solo lauded the Kohima village volunteers, scouts and guides for coming forward to accept the challenges at this trying time.
(Page News Service)