No More Denials of the Funeral of Covid-19 Patients in Manokwari

No More Denials of the Funeral of Covid-19 Patients in Manokwari

The Provincial Government (Pemprov) of West Papua urges residents not to refuse the funeral of corona-positive patients. The Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling COVID-19 is certain to carry out health protocols in handling corpses so that people do not need to worry.

West Papua Deputy Governor Mohammad Lakotani said that the health protocol applied applies nationally and even globally. The protocol considers the safety of local residents, including medical teams that treat both infected and deceased patients.

"People do not need to hesitate and worry about the handling efforts undertaken by the task force," Lakotani said in Manokwari, Sunday (05/04/2020).

Lakotani stressed this because there was still resistance from residents of the funeral of corona-positive patients. The West Papua Provincial Government hopes that in the future there will be no rejection by residents of the funeral efforts of the Covid-19 pandemic victims in their respective neighborhoods.

"Moreover, the funeral of Covid-19 patients is carried out by a team that has been appointed by implementing standard operating procedures (SOPs). The virus also will not be transmitted from the grave to community settlements," he said.

At present, only Sorong City and Kabpoaten Teluk Wondama are preparing a special land as a burial site for victims of Covid-19. Other district governments have already taken anticipatory steps.

Lakotani admitted that she was grateful that currently with a positive number of 43 cases, the death rate in West Papua was still relatively small. He also hopes that more Covid-19 patients in West Papua will recover.

"We also continue to urge the public to increase body immunity by getting enough exercise and rest, in addition to continuing to implement health protocols," he said.

He added, the central government until the regions had worked optimally in preventing and dealing with Covid-19, including handling the impact of the pandemic. The West Papua Provincial Government hopes that the community will work together to support the efforts made by the government.

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