The Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka says the government must intervene and halt the involvement of owners of funeral parlours, when cremating COVID-19 victims.
Chairman of the Union Upul Rohana said several issues have arisen as a result of the involvement of funeral parlours.
Meanwhile Upul Rohana said the government, if possible, must reimburse the amount spent by relatives of COVID-19 victims for performing final rites.
Rohana said certain local government institutions charge a fee for the cremation of COVID-19 victims, which severely burdens people living in poverty.
He added in some instances area residents collect funds for the cremation.
Upul Rohana therefore commended the decision reached by the government to bear the cost to conduct the final rites of persons who succumb to the virus.
He also requested the government to look into the possibility of reimbursing persons who already paid for the conduct of final rites with great difficulty, as it may provide relief amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.