State Minister refutes false media reports | Daily News

State Minister refutes false media reports

State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control Dr. Sudharshani Fernandopulle has refuted media reports which stated that she has appointed an Expert Committee to recommend cremation or burial of COVID-19 infected bodies.

She said that there is no truth in those media reports and virologists and medical experts have only been instructed to study the behaviour of the virus and submit submit their expert opinions. No other Committee has been appointed to make recommendations regarding the cremation or burial of COVID-19 infected bodies.

The State Minister stressed the importance of following scientific methodologies to take decisions in controlling the virus and not to consider the other matters such as religion, race, politics and social ideology.

She further added that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a series of guidelines on how to handle the bodies of people died due to COVID-19, and early medical expert opinions on COVID-19 may vary from time to time, depending on the behavior of the virus.