PAD 94.1 news, Damongo 17-07-2020
By: Richard B. Forgor
The leader of the Covid 19 team at the west Gonja Catholic Hospital in Damongo Dr. Obeng Mensah has explained the rationale behind the creation of a separate cemetery for people who die with complications of the novel corona virus.
The chief executive of the west Gonja Municipal assembly, Hon. Saeed Muhazu Jibril while addressing the first ordinary meeting of the assembly on Thursday 16th July announced the Savannah region recorded it’s first Covid 19 death on 15th July at the west Gonja Catholic Hospital.
The deceased pad news sources revealed is a case that was brought in from the central Gonja district
The MCE revealed the deceased was burried at a newly created cemetery for Covid 19 related deaths in Damongo in accordance with laid down protocols.
The revelation by the MCE left many residents wondering why a Covid 19 corps is isolated from other dead people even in burial.
But Dr. Oben told pad news there are scientific reasons for burying people who die as a result of infectious diseases away from regular cemeteries.
He told Richard Forgor in a telephone interview the virus do not die when the infected person dies hence the need for absolute care to be taken when burying.
He said all infectious bodies are buried at an infectious cemetery at a designated area about 45 meters from a normal cemetery. The burial he said is done with laid down protocols after the family of the deceased has performed all burial rites without touching the body.
Dr. Oben said the infectious cemetery is supposed to be fenced and that during the burial, the protective clothes of all who came in contact with the body are buried alongside.
He explained that all the protocols are necessary to prevent the reintroduction of the infection into the community from the body. “If the body is buried at the normal cemetery, there is a possibility that the remains of the buried person may be touched in future for many reasons and the virus reintroduced in the community and the world.
He advised that though the bodies buried at the infectious cemetery are deaper than other bodies at a normal cemetery, people should stay away from it for the good of the entire world.
Dr. Obeng also revealed to pad news the hospital in recent times has challenges with Covid 19 testing.
He said the hospital is yet to receive results of tests conducted over a month ago. As a result Dr. Obeng said “what we do now when we get a suspected case is to keep the patient for 14 days and discharge the him or her if the patient does not show any symptoms.”