The Meghalaya High Court has directed authorities to take authorized motion towards anybody obstructing the cremation or burial of COVID-19 victims within the state. The path got here after a 69-year-old physician, the primary coronavirus fatality in Meghalaya, was buried a day after his loss of life on Wednesday attributable to protests and denial of permission by a city physique and a crematorium. The order was given by a two-member bench of the excessive courtroom whereas listening to a PIL on Thursday night time via video conferencing.
Considering the seriousness of the difficulty, the courtroom heard the matter within the night time and handed the stringent order. It mentioned any individual, native physique, durbar, shnong or organisation which obstructs state authorities within the management of the pandemic or any matter related to it similar to “dead body management, cremation and burial shall be dealt with in accordance with law and cases be registered under appropriate provisions of law, said the order”.
The courtroom additionally directed that state authorities will sensitise individuals, particularly the place the cremation or burial grounds are located, to keep away from repeat of the unlucky incident as was witnessed on the night time of April 15. On Wednesday, the town crematorium had denied to carry out Dr John L Sailo Ryntathiang final rites, citing lack of non-public protecting tools (PPE) to deal with coronavirus fatalities. Locals had additionally staged a protest.
Sailo’s physique additionally couldn’t be buried at his famrhouse in Nongpoh after the city’s government committee of denied permission. He was laid to relaxation on Thursday on the Riatsamthiah Presbyterian cemetery which had voluntarily given its area following the protests. Sailo, who was the founding father of the Bethany Hospitals within the state, died on Wednesday morning, whereas six members of his household, together with his spouse, examined COVID-19 optimistic.
The Shillong premises of the Bethany Hospitals, the place Sailo was admitted, and its second campus at Nongpoh in Ri Bhoi district, had been sealed and sanitised whereas all occupants of the 2 services had been quarantined contained in the medical institutions, officers mentioned. Vice President M V Naidu on Friday expressed deep concern and agony over the incident. Such incidents are a blot on the society’s consciousness and of nice concern for all of us no matter celebration, faith and area, Naidu mentioned on his Facebook web page.
Meghalaya has eight energetic COVID-19 optimistic sufferers even because the take a look at outcomes of 127 major contacts of the primary affected person, Sailo, and workers of the Bethany Hospitals are awaited. Chief Minister Conrad Okay Sangma, who reviewed the preparedness of the COVID-19 hospital right here together with Health Minister A L Hek, mentioned 50,000 PPE for frontline employees is predicted to reach quickly. He knowledgeable that over 29,000 PPE are in inventory and 10,000 extra have arrived in Guwahati whereas 15,000 are on the best way. Last night time, the chief minister tweeted, within the subsequent 24 hours “we should have 50,000 PPE”.