Govt searching for next place to cremate Kathmandu’s Covid-19 victims

Nepal Army personnel cremate Covid-19 victims on the bank of the Bagmati by making makeshift pyres, in Kathmandu, on Monday, May 3, 2021. Photo: Bikas Shrestha

Kathmandu, May 5

The government has decided to find a new place to cremate Covid-19 victims in the Kathmandu valley.

Until a few days ago, the government had been cremating all people dying of Covid-19 in Kathmandu at the electric crematorium of Pashupati. However, as the number began to rise significantly, the Nepal Army that cremates or buries most of the bodies has been cremating the bodies on the bank of the Bagmati in the open for the want of a separate place.

Owing to the situation, a meeting of a committee formed under the Ministry of Home Affairs for management and facilitation of the Covid-19 situation made a decision on Tuesday to search for a new place. As per the decision, the ministry will write a letter to all local governments of the valley, searching for an alternative place.

The meeting led by the ministry’s Joint Secretary Janak Raj Dahal has urged all hospitals in the valley to make public the information about the number of beds, ICUs and ventilators available.

Dahal says the meeting also decided to confiscate oxygen cylinders hoarded for other purposes except for medicinal use.

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