Bodies of Indians who die abroad due to Covid-19 can be brought back: MHA


The Home Ministry Saturday stated the our bodies of Indian nationals and OCI cardholders, who died abroad due to COVID-19, can be brought again, however with strict adherence to related pointers. In an official communication, the ministry stated airport authorities have to comply with the protocols laid down by completely different authorities companies on this regard.

It is clarified that “immigration functions in respect of the arrival of dead bodies and mortal remains of the Indian nationals/ OCI cardholders are permitted subject to strict adherence to the guidelines/ instructions issued by various ministries and departments related with management of COVID-19 and submission of no objection, approval and concurrence from the Ministries of Health and External Affairs in this regard,” the communication stated.

The Home Ministry additionally stated the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the well being ministry on this regard should be strictly adhered to.

According to the SOP, the human stays imply the useless physique and the exhumed physique of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 sufferers. It says the importation of the human stays of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case into India shouldn’t be really useful.

The MHA stated if, opposite to the above advice, human stays of the suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 arrive at Indian airports, the involved Airport Health Officer (APHO) has to comply with sure procedures. The APHO will confirm the the loss of life certificates mentioning the trigger of loss of life as confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19, it stated.

It may even confirm the no-objection certificates (NOC) for the transportation of human stays of the deceased issued by the Indian Embassies or High Commissions or Consulates. Embalming certificates issued by an authorised company, the ministry stated.

On the examination of packaging or human stays, it stated the involved airline shall be certain that the exterior packing of coffin is undamaged.

The APHO will confirm the required paperwork and examine the packing in accordance with the provisions below the Indian Aircraft (Public Health) Rules. 1954, the MHA stated.

If there are any apparent indicators of harm to the coffin, the handlers shall use full PPE, cowl the coffin in plastic sheets to keep away from any contact with the physique or physique fluids earlier than hand-over of the human stays to the involved authority for remaining burial or incineration.

The personnel dealing with the human stays ought to comply with the laid down procedures for donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment and comply with different protecting measures for COVID-19 like hand-washing with cleaning soap and water, and so forth. to be certain that they continue to be protected through the process, it stated.

The coffin shall be buried or incinerated following the norms for burial or incineration for human stays with excessive danger pathogens, the MHA stated, including the handlers would be monitored for 28 days and the designated car disinfected as per the norms.

In all such instances, the APHO should direct the involved airline (carrying the broken packing containing human stays) to perform the disinfection of the plane as per the norms, it stated.

In addition, the workers dealing with the cargo (human stays in query) shall be quarantined for 28 days.

The MHA stated the ashes remaining after the cremation pose no danger to the kinfolk who deal with such mortal stays and can be cleared in accordance with the provisions below the Indian Aircraft (Public Health) Rules, 1954.

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