Performing final rites on Muslims that succumb to coronavirus: Hakeem's proposal rejected
The proposal tabled by Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Rauff Hakeem over performing the final rites on the remains of Muslims who succumb to the novel coronavirus has been rejected at the All Party Conference which was held on Thursday (02).
The proposal has been rejected as it violates quarantine instructions which were outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Former Parliamentarian Hakeen urged that an opportunity should be given to perform last religious rites of the Muslims who die due to the coronavirus, pointing out that the WHO has emphasised that bodies of those who die due to the coronavirus do not pose the risk of contagion.
Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, in response stated that even though the relatives of the first coronavirus victim had asked permission to do the last religious rites, it was rejected due to the highly contagious nature of the virus.
Leader of 'Pivithuru Hela Urumaya', Udaya Gammanpila stated that the health authorities must not take any unnecessary risks when it comes to the disposing of mortal remains of those who die due to the coronavirus, as no tested method prove that the dead bodies do not hold the risk of contagion.
Adding to the conversation, Director General of the Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe stated that as the ground water level of Sri Lanka is at a much higher level, there is a critical risk of spreading the virus by burying bodies.
He also emphasised that the risk will be heightened by the fact that more time will be taken to do the burials.
The All Party Conference was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees to discuss the steps taken by the Government to curb the coronavirus threat.
They also discussed the measures taken by the Presidential Task Force to reduce the spread of the virus, and how it affects the daily life of the public.