The world is currently faced with a pandemic of COVID-19, a new virus that spreads so fast through droplet infection especially in crowded places and causes illness. Since it’s new, there is no immunity against it. Therefore, it is important that we practice preventive measures.
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include;
- Running Nose (flu)
- General Weakness
- Difficulty in breathing if the patient develops pneumonia.
Burials attract huge crowds which are a potential for a spread of COVID-19. DURING THIS PANDEMIC, VIGILS AND FUNERAL SERVICES ARE HIGHLY DISCOURAGED. Since burials cannot be avoided, the Ministry of Health has developed guidelines to provide information to families who have lost loved ones to adhere to;
- Limit the number of people attending burials. Only close family members may bury. In any case, the numbers should NOT exceed 50 people. The purpose is to avoid overcrowding and spread of infection.
- Reduce the time for the burial ceremony to not more than 2 hours.
- Preparation of food and drinks for mourners is STRICTLY prohibited as this attracts large crowds. However, the family may prepare food for themselves. Thoroughly cook meat, poultry and eggs.
- Send information on radio to friends, relatives and in-laws regarding the deceased advising that Thanksgiving prayers will be held on a later date after the pandemic has been controlled.
- Maintain a distance of 1 metre from each other during the burial ceremony.
Please see Downloads for detailed COVID-19 Burial Guidelines
These guidelines ONLY apply to deaths NOT related to COVID-19. For COVID-19 related deaths, safe and dignified burial will be conducted by trained health workers.
If you suspect any person has developed signs and symptoms of COVID-19, immediately call the Ministry of Health toll free lines on 0800-100-066 or 0800-203-033 and alert them about the situation with full address of the suspected case. Avoid going to the health facilities. Ministry of Health will evacuate the suspected case..