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400 Community Volunteers Trained In Safe Burial Of Ebola Bodies
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400 Community Volunteers Trained In Safe Burial Of Ebola Bodies
By Calvin Brooks

MONROVIA, December 16 (LINA) - More than 400 members of the General Community Health Volunteer (GCHV) program have been trained to educate community dwellers in Montserrado County about safe and dignified burial of Ebola corpses.

According to the Communication Development officer of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Attorney Phil Tarpeh Dixon, government and its partners intend to provide safe and dignified interment for people who die from Ebola, rather than cremating their bodies.

Atty Dixon made the disclosure Tuesday in an exclusive interview with the Liberia News Agency during a training UNICEF provided for members of the GCVH on safe and dignified interment of Ebola victims. The training was provided at four different locations in Montserrado County.

He said UNICEF believes that to kick Ebola out of Liberia, efforts should be made to stop every case by ensuring that every burial is safe with relatives getting involved in the process, instead of only the burial team.

He explained that a dignified manner of burying the dead is to respect the views and cultural beliefs of those who are bereaved without unduly compromising the health and wellbeing of citizens.

Atty Dixon stressed that the Ebola burial team is transitioning from cremation which is strange to Liberian culture, while at the same time ensuring that people dying are buried without posing any threat to the environment.

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