Monday, 5 January 2015

Dignified and Safe Burials for Liberians

The number of deaths due to Ebola is still on an upsurge in the three most affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. According to WHO the number of people septic by Ebola has crossed 20,000 with 7,800 people succumbing to the deadly disease.

The Liberian government has opened a national cemetery for the safe and dignified burial of the dead. The 50-acre site in Monrovia, built at a cost of $50,000 (£32,000). The site will be staffed with trained people, and will be built to accomodate3 both Muslim and Christian rituals.

Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Assistant Health Minister of Liberia said, “In a very small population, an increase in the number of [Ebola] cases raises high levels of concern that we need to take very seriously - the people of Liberia and people of Grand Cape Mount in particular,". He remarked that the cemetery would allow for "dignified and safe burials, where people can practice their rituals but not touch dead bodies". Read More...


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