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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

Method of disposal COVID - 19 infected bodies

By Manjari Peiris
Colombo, 04 April, (Asiantribune.com):

Dr. Haritha Aluthge, the Secretary of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), has written to the Director General Health Services, stating that several people inquired them of methods of disposal of bodies of COVID - 19 infected patients.

"We have been informed that the quarantine act allows the option of both cremation and burial as methods of disposal."

According to the World Health Organization's directions, bodies should be recovered as quickly as possible, but without interrupting other activities aimed at helping survivors. Rapid recovery aids identification and reduces the psychological effects on survivors. Bodies should be placed in body bags. If these are not available, use plastic sheets, shrouds, or other locally available materials.

When burying, according to WHO, regulations bodies should be buried 1.5 to 3.0m deep in marked graves and following local customs and traditions. Communal graves should only be used in the case of an extreme disaster.

Hence the GMO states that "We strongly suggest your good offices to consult a team of experts in all relevant areas such as Public Health, Virology, Judicial Medicine, Legal and Soil Analysis, and decide on the best course of action with regard to the method of disposal of such COVID infected bodies."

- Asian Tribune -

Dr. Haritha Aluthge, the Secretary of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA)
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