No objection to burials of COVID-19 victims at Naga Cemetery: NCD

DIMAPUR, APR 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/24/2020 11:55:10 AM IST

In a u-turn, Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) on Friday informed that the council would have no objection to bury the bodies of COVID-19 patients at Naga Cemetery although there was very limited space at the cemetery. The decision comes following a meeting between state government officials and representatives of NCD at Hotel Saramati here, NCD general secretary Thsapongkyu Sangtam stated in a press note.

On April 17, the council, in conformity with government guidelines/orders and in view of the concerns raised by residents of Lake View colony, for containing the spread of COVID-19, issued several guidelines for burial.

The next day, NCD president Bangerloba Ao in an interview with Nagaland Post also pointed the concerns raised by residents around the cemetery in case of burial of COVID-19 victims. Bangerloba said NCD had requested state government to be prepared to identify an alternate burial site in case of any victims of COVID-19. 

However, on April 24, NCD said that the communication gap caused by earlier statement of NCD stood resolved. Both the sides agreed to strictly adhere to the guidelines on dead body management issued by the Health ministry. 

It was also agreed that the Dimapur district administration and medical department would jointly create awareness among the people regarding burial and its guidelines. NCD agreed to fully support and cooperate with government authorities.

The meeting was attended by APC & secretary and head of Special Committee, COVID-19 Dimapur Y Kikheto Sema, commissioner of police Rothihu Tetseo, DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi, DMC administrator Albert Ezung, NCD representatives.

Meanwhile, NCD hoped and prayed that there would not be a single death due to COVID-19 pandemic.



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