No Funeral Rites: Lagos Cremates Bodies of 4 Nigerians Killed by Ebola

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In line with the World Health Organisation, WHO, requirements for disposal of corpses of Ebola victims, bodies of the four Nigerians, who died of the disease have been cremated

A health official at the Emergency Operation Centre, EOC, of the Mainland Hospital, Lagos, confirmed the development, saying the Lagos State Government authorised cremation of all the bodies.

“All the bodies of those who died of Ebola from this centre have been cremated. None was allowed to undergo traditional burial because extreme care is being taken to prevent further infections,” the official noted.

The WHO in recommending that people who die from Ebola should be promptly and safely buried, notes that cremation, which is the application of high temperature to reduce bodies to basic chemical components (ashes), is ideal for safe disposal of bodies of such persons in order to minimise further transmission, Vanguard reported.


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