Man succumbs to Covid; Chandel mourners quarantined

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 1st Aug: A 76-year old man died of COVID-18 at CMC hospital, Koirengei Friday evening thus taking the toll from the contagion to six in the state.
The deceased man has been identified as BD Khelthung Anal of Chakpikarong but presently residing at Nongpok Ingkhol (Konung Mamang), Imphal East.
As per information received here, Khelthung Anal was a diabetic patient and had undergone health check-up at Advanced Hospital, Palace Compound on July 21 and returned home. He also consulted with a doctor at latter’s Keishampat residence about his health problem before he was admitted to CMC hospital, Koirengei on Friday. He died at the hospital and later found to be positive for Covid-19 when tested.
Meanwhile, several individuals from Chandel district, mainly from Thorcham village under Chakpikarong sub-division, have been picked up by health authority and put in quarantine centres during contact tracing activity taken up by the district health authority. According to CMO Chandel Dr Serthani Serbum, the individuals visited the deceased person before and after his demise.
On the other hand, a statement issued by DC Chandel informed that family members of the deceased proposed to perform his last rites in the cemetery of Thorcham Khuhrin village and BD Behring is permitted to perform the last rites of his brother there.
CMO Chandel shall coordinate with CMO Imphal East for arranging ambulance to transport the dead body from CMC Koirengei to Thorcham cemetery by exercising necessary precautions and adhering to advisory issued by directorate of health services. SP Chandel shall make necessary security arrangements to ensure adherence to the advisory during the last rites.
Protocols to be maintained by those attending the funeral service include maximum attendance of 10 persons while wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing. Only mandatory rituals such as prayer and reading from religious scriptures are permitted; no elaborate activities amounting to violation of directives/instructions/advisories of the government are allowed.
Bathing, touching, hugging of the dead body is not permitted; all officials on duty and persons attending the funeral service shall perform hand hygiene and other precautionary measures after the funeral service, the order informed.


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