A 37-year-old “high fever” patient who was initially suspected to have Ebola disease had his body buried at night on Sunday, days after his death at Karonga district hospital.
Officials said the delays to bury the body was as a result of the communities’ refusal to have him buried at their place.
Sources said chiefs in Mzimba, where one of his parents comes from, refused to have the body buried in their area.
“The same was the case in Karonga, the communities refused to have the body so the family went to Karonga district council where they were given permission to bury the body at a cemetery.
The source said the permission was granted late in the evening and the relations asked health workers to assist in the burial of the body because those who dig graves and bury dead bodies refused to do so.
The health workers wore basic protective gear which they put on in hospitals.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :