Capt Amarinder speaks to deceased Ragi’s son and nephew to extend personal condolences

Assures full support in treatment of covid-19 positive family members; Issues strict directions on cremation protocols

Capt Amarinder speaks to deceased Ragi’s son and nephew to extend personal condolences
Hazuri Ragi Padma Shri Bhai Sahib Nirmal Singh Khalsa. (File Photo)

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday called up the son and nephew of the deceased Hazuri Ragi Padma Shri Bhai Sahib Nirmal Singh Khalsa to extend his personal condolences, and assured them of the government’s full support in the treatment of the family members who had tested positive for COVID-19.
All the patients currently being treated for COVID-19 would be provided proper care in line with the government’s medical protocol, the Chief Minister assured the Ragi’s son Amiteshwar Singh and nephew Jagpreet Singh. The Health Department would closely monitor their progress, he said, and asked them to personally contact him should they need any further assistance.
Captain Amarinder enquired about the well-being of the members of the family who had tested positive for COVID-19 and were undergoing treatment in various hospitals, according to an official spokesperson.
Terming as unfortunate the delay in the Ragi’s cremation due to the unfounded fears of some local persons in Amritsar, the Chief Minister said this was due to misinformation and he had issued strict directives that no such incident should be allowed to take place in the future.
He said he had asked the State Chief Secretary and DGP to ensure proper compliance of Government instructions by all health and other officials at the district level, as well as to educate the public and to take strict action against those found violating such instructions. 
‘Every deceased person deserves proper cremation and there is a laid down health protocol on handling the body of a deceased COVID patient. This must be duly followed and local people should dispel fears that cremation of a COVID patient may spread the disease in the area,” said the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister had earlier yesterday deputed Medical Education Minister OP Soni to visit and check on the affected family members in hospital and ensure proper treatment for them.