COVID-19: Nakuru mortuary attendants trained handling bodies

Mortuary directors and attendants from 30 public and private facilities in Nakuru County have been trained on handling bodies of people who have died of COVID-19 complications to prevent transmissions.

The County Government of Nakuru has domesticated guidelines set by the World Health Organization on safe body management from the hospitals or community to burial sites.

Hospitals and funeral homes across Nakuru have been asked to dedicate several refrigeration chambers for people who have died of COVID-19 complications.

Speaking during the training Director for Public Health and Sanitation Dr Elizabeth Kiptoo said all public mortuary attendants will be provided with personal preventive equipment for their safety.

County head of Preventive and Promotive Health Services Mr Gerald Maina said all deaths should be reported to local police stations and public health offices with no handling of bodies.

Last week there was an uproar after five people were arrested and put under self-quarantine after they reportedly prepared and dressed the body of a person who had died of COVID-19

The ministry of health has directed that all persons who succumb to COVID-19 should be buried within a timeframe of 24 hours after their death.

The government has also limited the number of people who can attend a burial ceremony and ordered that burial ceremonies should take the least time possible as a measure against the spread of coronavirus.

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