Head of the national Ebola burial team, Ciatta Bishop
No Infections Among Ebola Burial Team
By Winnie Dixon/LINA
MONROVIA, January 19 (LINA) - The head of the national Ebola burial team, Ciatta Bishop, has disclosed that no infection or death has occurred among those cremating or burying Ebola bodies during the fight against the disease.
“Even though they were stigmatized and rejected by some communities and families, they actually stood up and held on to defending their country,” she told the Information Ministry daily Ebola briefings Monday.
Bishop said the team collected over 2,800 bodies across the country for burial and cremation, but no member of the team got infected.
The team was set up in August by the government at the height of the Ebola epidemic due to lack of coordination and facilities to dispose of the Ebola dead.
Health authorities believe the Ebola epidemic is nearing its end with about 12 of the 15 counties registering no new cases in over 21 days.
The disease, which has known no cure, is spread by contact with the body fluids of the infected and dead, making treatment and burial personnel exposed to high risks of infection.