Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Relatives of COVID-19 patient will be allowed to see his body

Relatives of Rajcoomar Ali, one of the people who died last week while receiving treatment for COVID-19, will be allowed to view his body before it is cremated. 

His wife and three children have been granted permission following legal correspondence between the Attorney General’s Secretariat and Attorney Gerald Ramdeen, who represents the interests of the family. 

On Sunday, Ramdeen wrote to the AG’s office on the issue, noting that the family’s first request to see the body had been denied, despite provisions for such being laid out under the ‘Guidelines and Recommendations for Hospital Staff and Funeral Agencies in the context of COVID-19' when the Government first began to intensify its efforts it March. 

In response, the AG’s office noted that the request would be facilitated and that the funeral home which handled Ali’s body had been instructed not to dispose of the body until this process is completed. 

However, a time for viewing was not given in the response and this would have to be finalized by the Ministry of Health. 

The body will be viewed under strict conditions that will be laid out to the family, that they are not allowed to break. 

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