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“Cremating Ebola Bodies Best Option,” says EPA Director
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Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Anyaa Vohiri
 

 

 

 

“Cremating Ebola Bodies Best Option,” says EPA Director
By Richard Stephens/LINA

MONROVIA, October 31 (LINA) -The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Anyaa Vohiri, has said cremating Ebola dead bodies was the best option to prevent the potential environmental impact associated with their burial.

She said even though the practice is contrary to Liberian culture, it is being done due to the increasing number of deaths from Ebola on a
daily basis and the lack of conducive sites for safe burial.

Vohiri made the statement Thursday at the regular MICAT press briefing in Monrovia.
She pointed out that the EPA has been monitoring the environmental consequences of mass burial since the outbreak of the virus in Liberia, noting that it has a negative impact on the environment.

She said after conducting an assessment of the Johnsonville burial site where roughly 38 Ebola bodies were buried in a fashion that was
not environmentally conducive, EPA recommended cremation as the best option of getting rid of Ebola bodies.

“The decision taken by EPA was important, given the closeness of the site to wetlands and creeks which serve as sources of the Mesurado
River that many Liberians rely on as a source of livelihood throughfishing,” she emphasized.
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