Tuesday, July 11, 2017

48-hour notice to repatriate bodies to India 'impractical'

Abu Dhabi: he Indian Embassy and social activists have termed as 'impractical' a circular issued by an officer at the Calicut Airport seeking a 48-hour notice on repatriation of dead bodies from Gulf countries.

Confusion reigned at the Sharjah International Airport as Calicut International Airport health officer Dr Jalaludheen had shot a circular to airline operators asking them to follow standard operating procedures while repatriating bodies to the Kerala airport.

However, following the outcry, Jalaludheen has requested all airline firms not to block any dead bodies.

The procedure mentioned in the circular follow the International Health Rule 2005 and Indian Aircraft Public Health Rule 1954, which mandated producing death certificate, embalming certificate, NOC from the Indian High Commission of the concerned country and cancelling copy of passport, all of this to airport health officer 48 hours prior to arrival of dead body.

Embassy First Secretary (Community Affairs) Dinesh Kumar said there was no information on any recent rule change in the procedures to follow for repatriation from the Indian government.

"The 48-hour notice sought by Calicut Airport health officer is practically not possible," Kumar said.
11/07/17 Ashwani Kumar/Khaleej Times