Head of the Ebola Incident Management System (IMS), Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah
“Decoration Day Not Ebola Day,” Nyenswah Clarifies
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, March 12 (LINA) - The head of the Ebola Incident Management System (IMS), Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, has clarified that this year’s Decoration Day is not the official National Memorial Day for Ebola victims.
Minister Nyenswah pointed out that the government cannot have a national memorial day until Liberia is declared an Ebola-free nation in the Mano River Union basin where Guinea and Sierra Leone are still recording new cases of the disease.
The Assistant Minister made the clarification Wednesday at a program marking the 99th anniversary observance of National Decoration Day held at the Presbyterian Church on Board Street in Monrovia.
Nyenswah indicated that the Ebola IMS has removed about 16 barrels of the remains of those that were cremated during the Ebola fight from the National Crematorium to the Disco Hill Cemetery on the Robertsfield Highway in Margibi County.
He explained that the removal of the remains of those that were cremated was marked by a ceremony attended by members of the Traditional Council, Muslim Council, the Inter-Religious Council and the Christian Council of Liberia who offered prayers over the remains.
Minister Nyenswah disclosed that the Liberian Government will hold an official national memorial ceremony for those who died from the Ebola Virus Disease, but emphasized that it will not be done now as Liberia continues to fight Ebola.
He stressed that government has nearly 90 percent of the names of those who were cremated and that at the ceremony these names will be announced for relatives to identify with their loved ones.