PPRC calls for Ebola burial policy review


OCTOBER 3, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) yesterday called on the government and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to review the burial policy put in place for Ebola victims, as public fury about mistreatment of the remains of loved ones escalates.

Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson stated that the said recommendation emanates from a nationwide monitoring and surveillance of the operations of Ebola burial teams.

He explained that during monitoring exercise embarked on by the commission, most families expressed dissatisfaction about delays by burial teams to collect corpses, adding, “According to the families, some corpses stay up to three days without preservation.”

Justice Thompson also urged the government to provide a special cemetery for Ebola related deaths, as according to him, dead bodies are buried within the community; a development he said is bad and unsafe.

The PPRC Chairman advised government to establish mobile mortuaries to make it easier to preserve and transport corpses, and to increase the number of medical personnel presently engaged with the burial process.

He also commended political parties for joining his team in their monitoring activity.

“I want to commend representatives of the 10 registered political parties who took part in the monitoring exercise. The nationwide monitoring exercise was carried out in the aftermath of the three-day ‘Ose-to-Ose Ebola Tok’ to bring out the challenges in the fight [against Ebola],” he said.