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Govt To Revisit Cremation As System Of Burial Soon
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Minister of Health and Social Welfare, the Honorable Walter T. Gwenigale





Gov’t To Revisit Cremation As System Of Burial Soon

By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA November 6 (LINA)-The Head for Logistics of the Incidence Management System at the Ministry of Health, has disclosed that government is currently searching for a suitable site to be used for the burial of dead Ebola victims.

James Dorbor Jallah disclosed that many families of Ebola victims are still not pleased with the cremation of bodies.

“The incidence management system with support from international partners are currently in concluding stages of identifying a place suitable for burial,” Jallah said.

He made the statement at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press conference held at the ministry in Monrovia on Wednesday.

Jallah said the burial process will also provide families the opportunities to attend funeral of their love ones under a specific designed protocol which will be safe from contamination.

Recently Assistant Health Minister for Statistics and Head of Contact Tracing of the Incidence Management System, Chea Sanford Wesseh told journalists at the Ministry of Information that cremation leads to fear that at times makes some of those infected with virus to flee.    

Some people due to fear of cremation which is only being done in Monrovia upon contracting the virus leave Monrovia to other counties, something according to Wesseh, is also contributing to the spread of the virus.

The Government of Liberia during the country’s second wave of the Ebola crisis decided to cremate dead Ebola victims and this action resulted to resistance experienced by burial teams where community dwellers protested earlier against the burial of Ebola victims in their environment.


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