Burial of Covid-19 victims: Govt will not oppose if health sector approves
Posted on November 10th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The government will only take a decision to bury Muslim citizens who died due to Covid-19 disease on the advice of a committee appointed by the Ministry of Health, Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera said.

Responding to questions on whether the government has taken a decision to bury Muslims who died due to Covid 19 disease, the Minister said the government would only agree to act on the recommendation given by the health sector.

He said the government will give its approval most likely today.

The last rites of people who die of Covid-19 disease are not based on race or religion. The decision will only be taken on the advice of a committee appointed by the Ministry of Health,” he said.

The Minister said that the government would not oppose the recommendation to bury Covid-19 victims on the instructions of the health authorities.

When burying the bodies of those who died due to Covid 19, a dry land was selected to prevent the germs from the corpses seeping into ground water” he added.

The Minister said that Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi had clarified the facts at the recent Cabinet meeting which has been approved by many countries in the world.

Ceylon Thwaheed Jamaath (CTJ) yesterday thanked President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for permitting the burial of deceased COVID-19 victims of Islamic faith.

One Response to “Burial of Covid-19 victims: Govt will not oppose if health sector approves”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    MR PRESIDENT,

    FOR YOUR EARS!

    This government seems to be leaderless at the moment. All sorts of views and pronouncements are made by various politicians possibly addressing their vote banks on issues mostly they are not proficient to talk about. Most recent utterance is by Mahinda Amaraweera a lowly politician holding a ministerial position and famous for singing diferent tunes at different times serving multiple masters at one time!

    It is up to the President to see that those who speak on his behalf do so with one voice. Presently the world in general and in our case Sri Lanka is particular is going through the rigours of a world pandemic. It is not a time to rise and shine for personal promotion.

    IT IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE FOR THE PRESIDENT TO LISTEN TO THE SCIENTIFIC AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND ACT ACCORDINGLY. THE PEOPLE EXPECT ONE LAW FOR ALL.

    AFTER TAKING A DECISION AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION STICK TO IT – DONT WAIVER. IT SEEMS TO THE PUBLIC NOW YOU HAVE BEEN TAKEN PRISONER AND RINGFENCED BY INTERESTED PARTIES HOVERING AROUND YOU!

    IF NOT PLEASE ACT ACCORDINGLY! 69 LAKHS OF PEOPLE DID NOT VOTE FOR YOU TO BE SEEN HELPLESS AND INDECISIVE LIKE NOW!

    PEOPLE EXPECT TO SEE YOU LEADING FROM THE FRONT AND NOT THROUGH ‘FRONTS’! ADDRESS THE NATION FROM TIME TO TIME TO GIVE THEM ENCOURAGEMENT! THIS IS WHAT IS EXPECTED. IF NOT SOMEONE ELSE MIGHT FILL YOUR SHOES WITHOUT YOUR KNOWING!

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