The Environmental Health Office in the Volta region has organized a trainer of trainee workshop for COVID19 burial teams in the Region.

The training would help ensure the safe internment of infected bodies, and the proper disposal of contaminated materials to prevent public transmission.

Mr Peter Pariki, Regional Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) focal person, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) the Regional Environmental office had planned out the workshop to bring COVID19 burials in the Region up to standard, and that members were being prepared to manage all other infectious outbreaks.

He said the teams comprising of a sexton, one representative of community leaders, two laborers, and one police officer for each district an municipality, would be responsible for the burial of unidentified bodies, and could also support emergency response to infectious outbreaks.

“Such burials are high-risk activities and we are training them for all contagious disease outbreaks and not only COVID-19. We are teaching them to protect themselves and the public,” Mr Pariki said.

He said they would also help identify appropriate locations to be designated as the burial sites, which would be marked as highly infections and barred from public access.

Mr Pariki appealed that more PPE were made available; saying the safety of health workers could not be the least compromised.

Mrs Sybil Boison, Regional Environmental Health Officer told GNA the Department would be carrying the COVID-19 compliance campaign to churches and would ensure “deep cleaning” of high-risk surfaces.

She said funeral ceremonies would be limited to the mandated crowd sizes, and the Department also would help ready school campuses for reopening.

Chief Inspector Joshua Dovie of the Volta Regional Police Command said the training would help the police give the needed support to enable the burial teams to discharge their duties effectively.

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