Ebola Dead Can’t Be Buried in Liberia Amid Bag Shortage


A Liberian burial team wearing protective clothing loads the body of an Ebola victim after retrieving him from his home near Monrovia, Liberia, on August 17, 2014. Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

The bodies of some Ebola victims in the region of Liberia hit hardest by the outbreak can’t be buried because there are no body bags, adding to the obstacles the West African nation faces as it tries to tame the virus.

The northern county of Lofa, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone, has “absolutely no body bags,” Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare said in a statement dated Aug. 17 and posted on its website yesterday. The government also has only a small fraction of the protective clothing, chlorine powder and mattresses it needs, according to the statement.

Liberia, which has fewer doctors per person than any West African nation, has had more Ebola deaths than any of the other three West African countries affected by the epidemic. A lack of supplies and experienced health-care workers, who sometimes don’t wear protective equipment properly, are contributing to infections among medical personnel in the worst Ebola outbreak on record, the World Health Organization said.

Written By Simeon Bennett
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