Rauff, Mujibur says Govt. violated WHO guidelines

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Government has violated the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) when observing the last rites of Muslim national who died of COVID-19 on Monday, two Muslim politicians alleged yesterday.

“It is an accepted practice world over those families’ and religious’ rights and sentiments be observed in times of sorrow, despair and grief. In this backdrop the callous disregard with which the body of a Muslim person has been dealt with by authorities in Negombo makes one ponder whether that was done to undermine the good work of the health sector and to cause distrust in the system by suspected patients. Or to keep away the Muslims from seeking medical treatment for the fear of possible cremation which again would, in turn, increase the burden on public health,” SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem said.

“SLMC notes with shock and dismay that the body of the 2nd victim of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka, who died Monday night at the Negombo Hospital had been cremated immediately thereafter,” SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem added.

Former UNP MP Mujibur Rahuman said the victim has been cremated violating the guidelines of World Health Organisation (WHO). “Under the guidelines of WHO, consent of the family members of the deceased person should be sought before performing the last rites,” he said.

Also he said those who are responsible for the issue had violated the government’s own circular where it says those who fall victim of COVID-19 should be either buried or cremated.

“We request the government to carry out an investigation and to state as to who is really responsible for the violation.”(Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 14

  • Clifford Perera Wednesday, 01 April 2020 06:05 PM

    Rahuman and Hakeem looking for political mileage. Leave the issue to be handled by subject experts. People should live first to follow any religion. Cremation is the best option for the time being. nothing else.

    Sarooj Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:59 PM

    But for muslims burial is the best option.

    dickie bird Wednesday, 01 April 2020 07:08 PM

    Need to cremate these guys immediately.

    Wesley G Wednesday, 01 April 2020 07:16 PM

    they still didn't open their mouth to tell people ,follow the rules,stay at homes, maintain social distance,such like to keep people alive but, voicing above experts decisions

    Lawry Wednesday, 01 April 2020 07:17 PM

    Well the statement should come from their religious leaders. Not political leaders.

    CHULANI Wednesday, 01 April 2020 07:45 PM

    Just shut up.............the rest of Sri Lankans living is more important than your so called primitive religious rites

    Haris Wijayasiri Wednesday, 01 April 2020 08:07 PM

    send the bodies to Saudi I presume?

    jonana Thursday, 02 April 2020 08:13 AM

    Its a rule cant you get it well

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 01 April 2020 08:33 PM

    These are not normal times to observe stupid rites,etc, etc. A Corona death must be swarming with millions of germs and the best way to rid of the body is to cremate it as son as possible. So to hell with your rites which does not apply under the circumstances.

    Ascot Dexter Wednesday, 01 April 2020 08:37 PM

    Only idiots will talk about politics and Muslim rights when the country is facing world wide pandemic. COVID-19 does not see rich or poor, Muslim or non Muslim, what language or ethnic background. This is a life and death situation and please keep your ignorance to yourself and don't add racial dimension to create tensions, add to the burden the Government facing in so many ways.

    Adrian Lamb Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:34 PM

    I wish you two will die soon from any illness.

    George Harry Wednesday, 01 April 2020 11:07 PM

    Yes, purely, violation of human

    Shan Thursday, 02 April 2020 07:17 AM

    Listen to WHO Guidelines and speak. Not that bloody private TV announcer or that jugglery JMO

    M.C. Jayawardena Thursday, 02 April 2020 09:12 AM

    These two are the most unreliable political schemers in SL who should be destroyed politically at the next election. Hakeem has already proved to the nation that he is the most selfish minority Member in SL.


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