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Ebola preparation plan: No burials for virus victims

Published:Tuesday | October 21, 2014 | 7:23 PM
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The Government says in the event that there are any deaths related to Ebola in Jamaica, there will be no burials as all corpses will be cremated.

The measure is part of new guidelines for funeral homes.

The Government says the guidelines are being included in its comprehensive Ebola preparation plan.

The guidelines set out a framework for how bodies are to be kept.

It also outlines the kind of protective gear to be used when dealing with bodies.

Speaking at the launch of the document today Director of Health Systems Planning and Integration in the Ministry of Health, Dr Lundie Richards said the government is doing all it can to ensure that all front line workers are fully prepared for Ebola.

Richards says funeral home operators must ensure that they follow precautions outlined by the government to ensure that they protect themselves.

Richards also says selected funeral homes have been identified to handle Ebola cases.


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