From deathbed, to grave: the tragic journey of a Covid-19 patient

Once an individual contracts coronavirus, they will have to go through all procedures alone

KUALA LUMPUR – The feeling a person gets when they find out that a family member has been infected with Covid-19 is unimaginable.

Once an individual is confirmed positive, they will be taken to a Covid-19 quarantine and low-risk treatment centre, which usually houses Categories 1, 2 and 3.

However, should their condition worsen, they will be brought to a hospital – all this without being accompanied by any family member or friend.

It is not rare to see hearse vans plying the roads in convoys these days, as Covid-19 deaths continue to climb. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
It is not rare to see hearse vans plying the roads in convoys these days, as Covid-19 deaths continue to climb. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
[PHOTOS] From deathbed, to grave: the tragic journey of a Covid-19 patient
Amal Valley personnel have been handling the remains of Muslims who died due to the coronavirus since a year ago. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021

Neither husband nor wife may go with them; even children will have to go by themselves. As for the elderly, they will be looked after by only health workers, not their next of kin.

What is even more heartbreaking is that on their deathbed, no familiar face will appear. And when they finally succumb to the virus, they will have to do so alone.

However, the Amal Valley organisation helps shoulder the burden of a Covid-19 patient by providing assistance free of charge.

Amal Valley personnel have been handling the remains of Muslims who died due to the coronavirus since a year ago and lending a hand to those in need regardless of time.

Sometimes, they need to manage up to four corpses in a day – bathing them, wrapping them and burying them.

Although it is sad, they perform their duties with much perseverance.

Covid-19 deaths today breached three figures for the first time, with 126 fatalities bringing the toll to 2,993.

The Vibes photographer SAIRIEN NAFIS follows the Amal Valley team to find out how it manages Covid-19 corpses in a day.

Amal Valley officers are on standby at all times – day and night – to manage the remains of Muslims who died due to Covid-19. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Amal Valley officers are on standby at all times – day and night – to manage the remains of Muslims who died due to Covid-19. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
The Amal Valley organisation provides free-of-charge funeral services to Muslims who cannot afford it. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
The Amal Valley organisation provides free-of-charge funeral services to Muslims who cannot afford it. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
During each funeral, all Amal Valley staff and the victim’s next of kin will be disinfected to curb the spread of Covid-19. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
During each funeral, all Amal Valley staff and the victim’s next of kin will be disinfected to curb the spread of Covid-19. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Funeral services for Muslims who succumb to Covid-19 will be done from a house or hospital. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Funeral services for Muslims who succumb to Covid-19 will be done from a house or hospital. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Only the Amal Valley organisation is willing to perform burial services without receiving any compensation. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Only the Amal Valley organisation is willing to perform burial services without receiving any compensation. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
If there are too many corpses to handle, the organisation will seek help from other NGOs or its partners. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
If there are too many corpses to handle, the organisation will seek help from other NGOs or its partners. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Amal Valley personnel in full PPE while handling the remains of a Covid-19 victim. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Amal Valley personnel in full PPE while handling the remains of a Covid-19 victim. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Due to the rise in Covid-19 deaths, the public is welcome to donate to the organisation to smoothen their operations. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Due to the rise in Covid-19 deaths, the public is welcome to donate to the organisation to smoothen their operations. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Frontliners are exhausted, but coronavirus cases and deaths show no sign of decline. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021
Frontliners are exhausted, but coronavirus cases and deaths show no sign of decline. – SAIRIEN NAFIS/The Vibes pic, June 2, 2021

By : Sairien Nafis – THE VIBES

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