The combination of summer vacation, weddings, and now Eid ul Adha celebrations, along with a concerning surge in COVID-19 cases in recent days across Pakistan, are likely to aid in the spread of the virus.
Because of the national COVID-19 positivity rate’s increase, the steady rise in critical cases, and widespread worries that a sixth wave may soon strike, health experts are even increasingly concerned about the possibility of a large coronavirus outbreak during Eid ul Adha.
Health experts have issued several cautions regarding the risks of social gatherings, but they don’t seem to be taken seriously.
Therefore, social isolation as well as infection prevention and control during the slaughter of animals on Eid ul Adha will be efficient ways to stop the virus’s spread.
Following basic common COVID-19 principles when handling and butchering animals includes the following:
Precautions to take during slaughtering
- The slaughtering site should be kept away from the general public and living areas
- Crowding at the slaughtering site should be avoided; only those who are necessary should be allowed at the site.
- Maintain a distance of two metres.
- Encourage proper respiratory hygiene. Sneeze or cough into your elbows.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially if your hands are dirty.
- Wear gloves and masks when slaughtering and handling meat.
- PPE acts as a barrier to protect the wearer from potential hazards.
- Use soap and water to clean visibly soiled hands. If soap and water are not available, rub your hands for 20-30 seconds with a 60-80 percent alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Principles of general cleaning and disinfection
- Environmental cleaning and disinfection procedures must be followed consistently and correctly both before and after animal slaughter.
- The most effective method for removing germs from surfaces is to clean with detergent and water, followed by rinsing and drying.
- Disinfecting or using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces can reduce the risk of infection spreading even further. Wait for the required exposure time after applying a disinfectant to ensure it kills germs on the surface. After the contact time has passed, rinse the disinfectant with clean water.
- Use disposable cloths/towels and disposable mop heads whenever possible. To avoid contamination, make sure used cloths and mop heads are washed and dried after use.
- To disinfect frequently used surfaces, dilute bleach can be used.