Some of the nation’s leading undertakers say they’ve not been briefed by the Health Ministry about their involvement in the country’s preparation for the deadly Ebola virus.
The government has 13 contracted undertakers across the country.
The burial teams in those countries worst affected by the virus put themselves in great danger by handling the bodies of those infected with the virus.
Its a dangerous job that is of utmost importance as it forms part of efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
Are the undertakers in our country prepared for such a task?
Those are some of the stories of the burial teams from the most affected countries in West Africa.
The teams must change their protective gear at least 7 times for the day.
Since June, Sierra Leone’s government has decreed all deaths be treated as suspect and should only be handled by trained Ebola teams.
For Ebola in particular, extreme care must be taken to disinfect the corpse and its belongings before burial or cremation.
Nigeria was able to combat the spread of the virus with proper training of all stakeholders in the process.
Jospeh Cornwall is the Funeral Director and Chief Executive Officer of the House of Tranquility Funeral Home.
He’s one of the 13 government contracted funeral homes.
He says he has not been given any formal briefing from the Ministry of Health on the responsibility of his sector in the preparation process.
Mr. Cornwall says the Ministry should embark on a programme to train undertakers on how to treat with Ebola bodies.
Manager of the Madden’s Funeral Home, Ferdinand Madden Junior, says he’s yet to get specifics from the Health Ministry regarding Ebola.