NCD to refuse burial of COVID-19 victims at Naga Cemetery

NCD to refuse burial of COVID-19 victims at Naga Cemetery
A view of Naga Cemetery at Lake View colony on April 18. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/18/2020 12:04:23 PM IST

In what was a reminder of past fears where many did not allow burial of those who died of HIV&AIDS at public places etc., Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) president, T Bangerloba has expressed similar concerns with in the event of deaths due to COVID-19.

This was the view of the NCD president at an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post Saturday.

Bangerloba said the NCD has requested state government to be prepared to identity an alternate burial site in case of any victims of COVID-19. 

The NCD president’s apprehension on burial of COVID-19 victims in the Naga cemetery arose over concerns on safety of colonies around it and people residing within the vicinity of the cemetery. 

He said this concern had been made known to the state government so as to prepare for any eventuality.

It may be recalled that the Naga Council Dimapur through its general secretary on April 17, 2020 had issued a notice informing that it was mandatory to produce death certificate indicating the nature and cause of death of a person. 

The guideline also stated not more than two vehicles, with limited number of persons, will be allowed to go for the burial at the cemetery and wearing face masks was mandatory.

Bangerloba said that even otherwise, there is no more place for fresh burial in the cemetery except for very exceptional and unavoidable cases.

He opined that as per WHO norms, burial of COVID-19 cases should be disposed off in isolated space. Bangerloba also said that in case of any death from COVID-19 in Dimapur, action plan for cremation or burial was not in NCD’s hand.

He further stressed that as per WHO norms dead bodies of COVID-19 victims are to be taken care of and disposed by the government. He therefore expressed the hope that the government would come up with an alternative site for burial of COVID-19 victims.

Bangerloba maintained that Naga Cemetery at Lake View colony belonged to Naga Council, and that there was no need to take permission from the state government regarding the rules laid down by it (NCD).

Keeping in view that the present Naga Cemetery at Lake View Colony was now almost full, Bangerloba stated that NCD had come up with a new site for burial, located near Zani Village, six miles away from Zion Hospital.

It was informed that NCD had procured more than 19 bighas from the relief amount of Rs. 19 lakhs, given during the previous tenure of present chief minister, Neiphiu Rio.


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