Families have now been allowed to bury their loved ones that succumb to COVID-19.
The government had initially taken up the burial arrangements, to guarantee safe and dignified burials, commonly used when dealing with highly infectious diseases.
Guidelines earlier issued by the health ministry stated that the burial of persons who succumb to the disease was supposed to be carried out by trained health workers and the number of people who access the graveyard had to be limited.
In addition to this, the body also had to be prepared by health workers who would then hand it over to burial teams who would transport the body for burial.
Irene Nakasiita, the Public Relations Manager of Uganda Red Cross says that the new protocols are needed because they can no longer meet the costs associated with carrying out safe and dignified burials.Nakasita on burial;.
Eric Edwards Ofwono, the Infectious Disease Operations Manager at Red Cross says now the burials will be overseen by district health teams.
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George Okentho, the Commissioner in Charge of safe and dignified burials says that the new protocols were issued after it was discovered that the remains of persons who succumb to the disease are not infectious. Ends.