The Public Health Inspector’s Union has requested the Director General of Health Services to reconsider the decision to release the remains of an individual who passes away at home while not under quarantine directives or in an area that was not under lockdown, without a PCR test.
Speaking to media, Chairman of the Union Upul Rohana said releasing a body without a PCR test poses a great risk to society.
Rohana said they encounter many deaths in the field that are not related to the coronavirus adding however that there is a certain percentage of deaths that are deemed COVID related upon the conduct of a PCR test.
He said if one such body is released to family members, who are most likely to have also contracted the virus, it leads to the risk of the virus spreading to a larger group if a funeral is conducted.
Rohana attributed the delay in releasing remains due to delays in conducting PCR tests.
He said the solution must be to expedite PCR test reports by prioritising tests on the deceased.