COVID-19 victim buried in CdeO
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (BukidnonNews.net/ 15 March 2020)—The 54-year-old coronavirus patient who died Friday was buried at the Bolonsiri public cemetery, according to the City Information Office.
Dr. Jose Chan, chief of Northern Mindanao Medical Center where the patient was confined, earlier said that DOH require cremation for COVID-19 victims. But as cremation is not allowed among Muslims, the victim was buried in a sealed niche after being disinfected and placed in multiple airtight, leak-proof cadaver bags.
According to CIO, this still follows DOH protocols and that the region’s Chief Epidemiologist Dave Mendoza supervised the process.
Sol Mosqueda, focal person of the City Memorial Park said, "The public memorial park is the safest and most appropriate burial place. Transporting the cadaver elsewhere poses more danger to the public."
The region’s Office of Muslim Affairs thanked the city government, DOH, and NMMC for the victim’s “dignified, religion-sensitive and safe burial.”
Chan said the victim’s wife and child are on quarantine at NMMC. Doctors and nurses who attended to him are also being considered for home or hospital quarantine.
Dr. Adriano Suba-an, DOH-10 director, said eight teams were deployed to do contact tracing in Iligan City, Cagayan de Oro City, and Lanao del Sur. He said the victim’s co-passengers in his flight from Manila to Cagayan de Oro were already identified.
Latest DOH-10 briefer said the region has six patients waiting for test results.