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Panel formed to review COVID death

IMAPUR, AUG 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/3/2020 12:33:02 PM IST

 DState Health & Family Welfare has constituted a ‘COVID-19 Death Review Committee’ to review and ascertain the causes and circumstances leading to the death, amid confusion over its classification, a UNI report stated. According to official sources, the committee, constituted on July 28, comprises of a 9-member team of doctors with subject experts including forensics, pathologist, physician, microbiologist and others.

The committee has been set up to review and ascertain the causes and circumstances leading to the death, and ensure appropriate reporting of such deaths as per ICMR and ICD-10 protocols,
Medical Superintendent of all districts were also directed to constitute District COVID-19 Death Review Committee comprising of officers from district health authority and subject experts from district hospital or health centre.
The district committee would review all COVID-19 positive deaths and submit the report, it said.
Meanwhile, the Health department issued a statement with regard to dead body management.
It said that there was no increased risk of COVID-19 infection from a dead body to frontline workers or family members. 
After placing the body inside leak-proof body bag and coffin, frontline workers will hand over the coffin to family members who can accept the coffin for normal burial or cremation. It however, advised to not reopen the coffin. Routine safety precautions like wearing mask, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands need to be followed, the department stated. 
H&FW department said that once a body is buried or cremated, it does not have any health or environmental hazard.

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