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New cemetery not threat to community

New cemetery not threat to community

Zorena Jantze

RESIDENTS of Narraville have been urged to remain calm after they blocked the burial of the second person to be registered as a COVID-19 death on Friday evening.


Dr. Eric Dziuban, Namibia’s country director for the Centre For Disease Control (CDC) urged that there is no need for the community of Narraville to panic as the chances of an interned corpse to infect people are very low.


“It is not that much of a high risk, the burying of corpses except in cases of hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola. Dead bodies are not infectious. To date worldwide, there has been no case recorded of a person being infected with COVID-19 by a corpse,” Dr. Dziuban said.


Narraville blocked burial second person registered COVID-19 death Friday
OUT IN THE DESERT: The lonely grave of the first person to be registered as a COVID-29 death in Namibia. – Photo: Niël Terblanché


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, when asked what his thoughts on the matter were, was curt on the subject and only offered that the burial site for COVID-19 deceased persons were chosen by the local authority of Walvis Bay and the decision was not in the hands of the ministry.


He added that currently, the State handles the burial of COVID-19 positive corpses and residents should not be anxious about family members who died in isolation being buried.


Also commenting, Erongo Governor, Neville Andre added that there is a burial committee that is constituted by municipal officials, security officers, and officials from health sector that identified the site according to control possible infections.


“The site was already earmarked by the municipality as a future cemetery. A wall will be build around the cemetery in the near future,” Andre said.


Angry residents of Narraville and Kuisebmond pointed out that the ground work to establish a cemetery was not properly done and that the grave of the person already buried there will be overblown by sand within days.


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