Indian Community Offers Crematorium

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The Indian Community Thursday, July 31, offered the Liberian Government the use of its crematorium for the burning of the remains of anyone who has died from the Ebola virus.

The Indian Community made the offer following President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s announcement to the nation on Wednesday, July 30, that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoSHW) and relevant agencies are to consider the cremation of all victims of the deadly Ebola virus.

According to the President, the measure “is intended to avoid tampering with the dead and contaminating water sources.”

At the National Ebola Task Force (NETF) meeting Thursday, President Sirleaf reiterated that the option for cremation was still open. However, before she made this statement, Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, had stated that remains of Ebola victims were being interred in body bags, which according to him are safe and won’t contaminate the water source.

But the President, who is the Chair of the NETF, countered that there was no scientific proof to show otherwise so the option of cremating victims was on the table.

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