Dimapur, April 27: Sixteen suspected COVID-19 samples were sent for testing from Nagaland on Monday and its results are awaited. Till Sunday 613 samples sent from the State have all tested negative.
Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha informed that on Monday 1090 persons were also screened for COVID-19. A total of 31 persons are under facility quarantine in the State.
Sinha informed that Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio participated in the meeting of the Prime Minister of India with all Chief Ministers of States through video conferencing. Rio was accompanied by the State Deputy Chief Minister, Health & Family Welfare Minister, Planning Minister, Advisor, Food & Civil Supplies, Chief Secretary and other senior officials of the State during the video conference with the Prime Minister.
On apprehensions expressed in certain quarters regarding burial of bodies of persons in the unfortunate event of one’s death due to COVID-19, he informed that the Health Department has prepared a Standard Operating Procedure or SOP, which is to be followed by all the hospitals and all concerned, for preparation of any dead body for safely burying or cremating it, as the case may be, should anybody unfortunately dies due to COVID-19. All the hospitals and the District Task Forces have been made aware about the details of the SOP and they are suitably prepared for the same, he informed.
In this context, Sinha informed that the Naga Council, Dimapur, the Kohima Village Council, the Tangha Village Council in Longleng have deliberated on the issue of disposal and burial of COVID-19 patients in the event of an unfortunate death, and has conveyed that after observing all the standard health safety precautions, the mortal remains of the COVID-19 patient would be buried in the cemetery, or village or burial ground of the family or church, without any discrimination taking utmost care. (Page News Service)