Good news is coming from Liberia, as the country may soon be declared Ebola-free. To mark this, the government in Monrovia decided to dismantle a crematorium and remove drums containing the ashes of over 3,000 Ebola victims.
The Liberian government decided to dismantle a crematorium and remove drums that contain the ashes of more than 3,000 Ebola victims who were cremated at the height of the deadly epidemic.
Liberia began to cremate the bodies of Ebola victims after communities across the country rejected traditional burials, fearing that the deadly virus could contaminate the soil and spread further. At the same time, traditional burial practices include customs, like washing and touching of the dead, which could further spread the disease. Therefore, it was decided that it would be safer for everyone to cremate the bodies of the dead.
Earlier this week, Liberia discharged its last confirmed Ebola case. Liberia is now counting 42 days until April 16, and if no new cases are reported until then, the West African nation would be officially declared Ebola-free.
Sierra Leone and Guinea, however, are still struggling to contain the deadly virus that has killed nearly 10,000 people.