Burial teams are unnecessary during burial of COVID-19 death victims – Minister Aceng

Written by on July 2, 2021

The Ministry of Health is deeming the burial teams unnecessary when burying people who have succumbed to COVID-19.

Addressing the nation on the Covid-19 status in the country this afternoon, the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng says that there’s no need to pay for burial teams, since the bodies of the deceased are disinfected and placed in body bags, which is supposed to reduce any possibility of infections.

Aceng explains that once a COVID-19 patient dies, the body is disinfected in the presence of family members at hospital mortuaries before being placed in a body bag and sealed, therefore, there is no need for burial teams, however families that wish to use funeral services are free to do so.

Burial teams have recently come under the spotlight for reportedly charging exorbitantly,  between 700,000 Shillings and 10 Million from relatives of those who succumb to COVID-19 to cover costs of disinfecting the body and facilitate burial ceremonies.

Aceng’s statements contend with guidelines that were earlier issued by the health ministry, stating that the burial of persons who succumb to the disease was supposed to be carried out by trained health workers, with limited number of people who access the graveyard, however, scientists say the remains of persons who succumb to the disease are not infectious.

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