Gov’t to Revisit Cremation

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Government is searching for an appropriate burial site in Monrovia for Ebola victims, Mr. James Dorbor Jallah the head for Logistics of the Incidence Management System at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW), has disclosed.

Speaking recently during the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism regular Ebola press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Mr. Jallah said a special burial process is being designed to provide families the opportunity to attend the funerals of their loved ones under a protocol which would keep them safe from the deadly Ebola virus.

Mr. Jallah explained that many family members of Ebola victims are still not happy with the cremation of their loved ones.

“The Incidence Management System of the MOH&SW with support from local and international partners, are in the concluding stage of identifying a place suitable for the burial of Ebola victims. This (cremation) is not a culture of Liberia and (not to the) happiness of anyone, but we will overcome the situation soon,” Jallah assured.

The Assistant Health Minister for Statistics and Head of Contact Tracing of the Incidence Management System, Chea Sanford Wesseh, also told reporters that the issue of cremation leads to fear causing some of those infected with the virus to evade tracking by relocating themselves.

According to Mr. Wesseh, “They are troubled by cremation and are leaving for other counties were they will receive a burial. This is because cremation is taking place only in Montserrado,” he explained, adding that eluding cremation was also contributing to the spread of the virus to other places, especially the rural areas across the country.

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