The urban community of Douala recently prepared a 460 m2 space to bury the victims of the Coronavirus. The information is given by Dr. Gérémie Solle, the first deputy mayor of Douala. According to this municipal official, the place is located in the Bois de singes cemetery. "We have gravediggers that we train and who are available to bury the deceased with dignity," he said.
The municipality also launched the manufacture of coffins in its wood workshop. "We don't want to make a lot of them because we don't wish people to die, but we want the coffins to be available because deaths in epidemics require burial right away, but families don’t always plan to do so as quickly as they should,” Dr. Gérémie Solle explains.
These measures are part of a set of measures taken by the municipal authorities of the city of Douala. In consultation with the mayors of the six boroughs of the Wouri department, the Douala Urban Community has drawn up a response plan budgeted at XAF4 billion. This action plan has a twofold objective: to break the chain of transmission of the Coronavirus to protect our fellow citizens as much as possible and to guarantee the continuity of the city's economic activity.
In the framework of this project, "the town hall authority, as a decentralized entity, conceives the plan and mobilizes stakeholders. The Ministry of Public Health has treatment centres but we thought we should support our district hospitals,” he added.