Hailakandi Disinfects Cemetery Where Person Dying Of COVID-19 Was Buried

The Deputy Commissioner informed that the swab samples of five members of the deceased COVID-19’s victim tested negative

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 The Assam government has sanitized a cemetery in Hailakandi district where the only person to die of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the state so far was buried.

Extensive sanitization and disinfection has been taken up by Fire and Emergency Services in association with PHE department in the entire burial place and the roads leading to it, informed Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli.

“The ambulance carrying the dead body from Silchar Medical College and Hospital to the burial site, 10 kms away from Hailakandi town, was disinfected observing all necessary protocols,” she said. 

Jalli added, “Painstaking efforts have been taken by the administration to ensure disinfection of the entire burial place and the roads leading to it. The public need not have to worry at all or fear anything. Any miscreants trying to disturb the process would be meted out stern action under the Epidemic Act and NDMA Act.”

The Deputy Commissioner further informed that the swab samples of five members of the deceased COVID-19’s victim tested negative. 

Joint Director, Health Services, Dr Ramesh Chandra Dwivedy stated that the swab samples of five members of the COVID-19 victim sent to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital tested negative.

Dr Dwivedy informed that the swab sample of the married daughter of the COVID-19 victim has been sent on April 10th, 2020.  “Of the 105 swab samples taken, 70 turned out negative. Results of nine swab samples tested negative on April 11th, 2020,” said Jalli. 

The Hailakandi district administration has also launched massive decontamination of Borjurai, the native place of the deceased person, on the outskirts of Hailakandi town. 

Appealing to the public to cooperate with the administration in its efforts to contain the spread of the virus, Jalli said, “Request the members of the public to cooperate as we are working under extreme challenges and the government is trying it’s level best to handle such an unprecedented situation.”

Borjurai, the native place of COVID-19 victim has been completely sealed and declared as containment zone with buffer zone earmarked.

“Disinfectant is being carried on with regularity by Fire and Emergency Services and PHE department. The entry of vehicles, except those in emergency and essential services, are barred from entering the containment zone. Security has been beefed up in and around one km radius of the containment zone,” she informed.

Intensive training is being imparted to the health personnel daily to gear them up fully to fight against coronavirus, Jalli said.

“The health personnel are working under extreme challenges, overcoming their own fears of the virus, the exhaustion they undergo, going beyond the call of duty against their families wishes…risking their own safety night and day. Please help them help you by staying indoors and fighting against the virus,” shared Jalli. 

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