WHO released new guidelines on Monday.
On Monday, the government hinted at revising protocols when it comes to how COVID-19 casualties are buried. This was after new research showed that dead bodies do not spread the coronavirus that has so far killed hundreds of people in Kenya.
Head of Public Health, Dr. Francis Kuria had announced that people have had concerns over the ‘men in white’ who have been conducting the burials.
WHO said that those who prepare the body or come into contact with it should wear gloves. And wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Previously, all persons suspected to have died of coronavirus have been buried by the government officials. Men in white.
As a result, most family members have not had a chance to bury their loved ones decently as they’d like.
With the new guidelines from the Worlds Health Organization family members will from now on to be involved in the burial process.
WHO however insisted that those coming into close contact with the body should wear gloves. And after the burial perform thorough hand hygiene.
The statement from WHO indicated that family members, traditional and religious leaders, and others may typically be involved in burials at the community level.
The viewing of the body by family members was also permitted. But WHO warned against the touching of the body and maintenance of social distance.
Also for activities that may involve the splashing of bodily fluids of production of aerosols, eye and mouth protection is recommended.