Action assured after locals and family “risk” lives to complete burial of COVID-19 victim in Kupwara

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Srinagar: Family members and neighbors of a covid-19 victim from Lalpora area of Kupwara on Tuesday protested ‘go by’ to the established protocol alleging that none from health department official even taught them about measures to be taken during the burial.

“The body was sent in an ambulance and nobody except driver was present. The PPE kits were sent through ward member but nobody among the family knew how to wear them and what precautions were required to taken,” a close neighbor of the victim, who is also president of a local Markz Auqaf Islamia told a local news gathering agency Global News Agency  (GNS).

“The locals and family risked their lives and completed the burial. We demand there should be an inquiry and those found guilty of dereliction of duty should be dealt with sternly,” he said, adding, “Lives of locals have been jeopardized.”

When contacted, Blocl Medical Officer concerned said that an employee was deputed but “unfortunately he did not follow the order.”
“Action as warranted under rules will be taken against the employee,” the BMO told GNS, adding, “Protective kits, gloves, masks etc., were provided to the family for the burial.” (GNS)

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