Ebola: Nigeria restates ban on inter-state transportation of corpses

An Ebola patient being attended to
An Ebola patient being attended to

The National Council on Health on Ebola on Monday declared support for a federal government ban on transportation of corpses from one state to another.

The Council, however, stated that corpses can only be transported with waivers approved by the Federal Ministry of Health.

The ban is to help contain the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Nigeria.

The Council, headed by the health minister, also resolved that all corpses should be accompanied with death certificates. It also agreed that the corpses of all persons confirmed to have died of EVD must be buried according to standard WHO protocol.

Other members of the council are the commissioners of health in all the 36 states and the equivalent in Abuja, as well as the Minister of State for Health.

The Council said it would also ensure that states are encouraged to have legislation to support its resolutions.

The Ebola disease was imported into Nigeria by a Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, after he was cleared to travel by the Liberian Government through its Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs, Sebastian Muah.

Mr. Sawyer was scheduled for an ECOWAS convention in Calabar. He, however, died on July 24 at First Consultant Hospital, Obalende, Lagos.

A Nigerian nurse who treated Mr. Sawyer has since died of the disease while eight other Nigerians have been infected with the virus.

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