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GoL Secures Land for Ebola Cemetery

29 December 2014, 11:02 am Written by 
Published in Ebola Update
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The Liberian government has opened a cemetery for the burial of victims of Ebola to put an end to cremation, which authorities say will allow people turn over their dead relatives for safe burial to eradicate the disease.

The new Ebola cemetery, located along the Roberts International Airport highways, is on 50 acres of land but 25 acres of land is ready for use. The cemetery has been demarcated into Christian and Muslim portions and government plans to erect a monument to the memory of the more than 3,000 Liberians who died of Ebola.

An Executive Mansion release quotes Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyensuwah, who heads Liberia’s Ebola incidence management, as saying: “This will become a national cemetery so that people will not hide dead bodies because of cremation. “Right now as we are, we started cremation as a country when Ebola was very much intensified in August and September but there are a lot of people who are rejecting cremation of their bodies.

The acquisition of the land by the government was done through the aid of the National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders and the U.S.-based Global Communities. Already, Government has paid an initial amount of US$25,000 to secure the land and has committed to make a final payment of US$25,000 once a Memorandum of Understanding has been reached with the people of Disco Hill, the community where the cemetery is located.

They have requested for primary school, clinic, road, and safe drinking water for the community. Chief Zanzan Kawon presented the check of US$25,000 on behalf of the Government of Liberia, which was received by a local community leader. President Sirleaf witnessed the presentation at the weekend.

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