Hailakandi: North East India’s first COVID-19 death took place in South Assam’s Hailakandi district. Hailakandi’s Borjurai village’s resident Foijul Hoque Barbhuiya admitted in the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMC&H) on the night of April 7 after his swab result tested positive, died at around 1.55 am on Friday. Foizul who had returned to Hailakandi on March 18 from Saudi Arabia where he went to perform Umrah Haj and also visited the Markaz at Nizamuddin in Delhi later developed pneumonia and had to be shifted to the ICU and put on a ventilator in the afternoon on Thursday. Though doctors tried their level best to resuscitate him, Barbhuiya, aged 65, passed away thus becoming North East India’s first COVID-19 victim.
Health authorities at SMC&H followed all the strictest norms of decontamination procedures before handing over the body to their Hailakandi health counterpart. The body wrapped in an airtight three-layered body bag was carried by the health personnel to Hailakandi in an ambulance in the wee hours on Friday.
Strictly conforming to the guidelines issued by Government of India regarding disposing of the remains of a COVID-19 victim, the district administration performed his last rites at a secluded place several kilometres away from the densely populated town of Hailakandi following the Islamic burial practices. Attended by a few relatives and friends while maintaining social distancing, his last rites were performed by an Imam, as his mortal remains shrouded in a white piece of cloth was lowered in a grave dug 12-feet deep, just moments after the janaja prayer (funeral prayer).
Prior to his last rites, the district administration informed the family members of Borbhuiya, who are under quarantine in a centre about his passing away. Out of swab results of five members of the family of the deceased sent to SMCH, three have tested negative while results of two are awaited.
The civil and police administrations along with health surveillance teams are on a contact tracing of the persons with whom the deceased came in contact with. 43 persons have been identified so far. Containment zone along with buffer zone has been clearly demarcated around a one-km radius of Borjurai village where the deceased COVID-19 victim resided, to prevent the further spread of the virus.
The order that came into force on the night of April 7 prohibits the entry of all vehicles, except those in emergency and essential services and that too, after proper sanitisation.
Meanwhile, all arrangements are being taken by the administration to ensure quarantined family members are made comfortable. Mosquito nets have been provided with 24x7 electricity generator supply. Baby food along with biscuits and chocolates have also been provided to the children. Coffee for adults and horlicks for children have been supplied with. Mineral water is also being provided to ensure their well being.