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Published:Saturday | November 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with faith-based organisations of various religions to create updated protocols for safe and dignified burials of persons who have died from the Ebola virus.

  • The new, detailed, step-by-step protocols emphasise inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of safe burials.
  • Persons who die from Ebola are the most contagious and remain so for a few days. At least 20 per cent of new Ebola infections occur during burials of deceased Ebola patients.
  • The protocol includes ways for Ebola burial teams to carry out their work safely while respecting family sensitivities; giving the family an opportunity to view the body; ensuring that the grave is appropriately labelled; allowing religious leaders to offer prayers; giving family members the option to throw the first soil.
  • WHO said these new safe and dignified burial protocols were key to reducing the Ebola transmission.