LIBERIA: Citizens Cremation Fear May Hamper Achievement of Zero Ebola case Objective

The Assistant Health Minister for Statics, Sanford Wesseh, has said the fear of cremation could hamper Liberia’s achievement of her zero Ebola case objective by December 25, 2014 as declared by President Sirleaf recently.

He said the above against the backdrop that families are concealing their sick Ebola relatives and at the same time resorting to burying them upon death.

Wesseh who also Heads  Contact Tracing Response efforts at the ministry, made the statement at the Ministry of information daily Ebola press conference held at the ministry in Monrovia on Friday.

He said response efforts must be accelerated so that dead people will be buried in a manner that their families will remember them, noting “If we get past the issue of cremation and begin to do safe burials people will walk into treatment centers without fear.”

Wesseh also pointed out that in order for Liberia to achieve its zero case objective community engagement through rapid contact tracing effective support system and revise information dissemination must be prioritized.

“The journey to zero case is very tough and rocky, but with intense efforts, improved contact tracing, community engagement and wider public education, we can achieve our goal,” Wesseh indicated.

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