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Frontline worker stigmatised even in death

Frontline worker stigmatised even in death
Paiwang along with officials at the burial site on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/10/2020 1:24:22 PM IST
Revealing that stigmatisation is the worst enemy of humanity, a frontline worker and personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) in Mon who died in his sleep on August 9 was denied even a decent burial by some locals in his native village. The local people feared the spread of virus in the locality despite repeated appeals by the State government against stigmatisation.
According to reports, the deceased SDRF personnel, K. Changke Konyak had first tested positive for COVID-19 on July 26 and then sent to a COVID Care Centre as he was asymptomatic. Later, on July 31, the second COVID-19 test for late Changke was negative.
An official of the Empowered Group, Mon told Nagaland Post that on learning of the death of the SDRF personnel, the house owner where late Changke lived with his family, refused to allow the body to be brought into to the house. It was reported that even the deceased’s wife and other family members were not allowed to move out of their home.
The official also said family members of the deceased were also warned not to return home if they went to see the body. Due to such stigmatisation, no one went take the body for burial.
The official also said since the District Task Force was asked to take charge of the body, members of the task force, Empowered Committee, Konyak Baptist Church Mon and Konyak Baptist Bumeinok Bangjum and a few civil society groups conducted a brief funeral service after which the body was buried. The body of late Changke was buried at the Mon Town Committee graveyard on August 9. 
The official also expressed sadness that none of the deceased’s family were able to attend the funeral. Meanwhile, transport, civil aviation & railways and land resources minister P Paiwang Konyak and members of DTF, Empowered Group, Konyak Union, churches, additional director general and all rank and file of the home guard & civil defence department mourned the demise of the SDF personnel.
Paiwang in his message said that the Konyak community would remain thankful and cherish the service rendered by Changke to the community. The minister also donated Rs 50,000 to the family members from his personal end.
 

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