The remains of four Nigerians who have died of Ebola Virus have been cremated in line with WHO requirement for disposal of infected corpses. WHO has issued the the directives for such bodies to be cremated as a result of the nature of transmission from human to human and corpse handling.
A health official at the Emergency Operation Centre, EOC, of the Mainland Hospital, Lagos, who pleaded anonymity confirmed the development, said the Lagos State Government in following strict guidelines for disposal of the bodies, authorised cremation of all the bodies. The decision to cremate all bodies was to ensure appropriate containment measures and guarantee proper handling of 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 said.