VOLUNTEERS from four Muslim cemeteries in Hulu Langat were briefed on the method of conducting burial for those who died of Covid-19.
Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) invited representatives from Hulu Langat District Health Office and Hulu Langat Islamic Religious Office for an engagement session on the proper burial process, for the benefit of volunteers from Muslim cemeteries in Sungai Purun, Kampung Pasir, Jalan Sungai Lalang and Kampung Rinching.
MPKj councillor Hanafi Jalalludin, who coordinated the session held at Sungai Purun Muslim cemetery, said the volunteers had assisted Health Ministry with managing the remains of Covid-19 patients since early this year when the death toll began increasing.
“In the past, the volunteers were briefed by the death benefits bureau of Raja Muda Musa Mosque in Semenyih on the procedure for handling the remains of Covid-19 patients.
“At least one Health Ministry representative will be present at each burial to make sure that the process adheres to the standard operating procedures.
“However, the volunteers have had their doubts about the risks involved and their safety.
“So we decided to arrange this briefing to clear their doubts, and they can feel more comfortable in their jobs.
“The health officers explained the process of handling Covid-19 patients’ remains and Islamic religious officers explained the SOP at cemeteries that must be adhered to at all times.
“There was also a question-and-answer session,” he said.
Also present were MPKj vice-president Mohd Raiz Radzuan, who praised the volunteers for their selfless contribution, and Hulu Langat district officer Najmudin Jemain, who presented them with personal protective equipment, face masks, gloves, sanitiser, spray cans and T-shirts to help them carry out their duties with more confidence.