West Aceh readies land for cemetery to bury COVID-19 deceased

West Aceh readies land for cemetery to bury COVID-19 deceased

Chief of the West Aceh District Health Office Syarifah Junaidah (ANTARA/Teuku Dedi Iskandar)

The land lies in proximity to the mass graves of victims of the December 26, 2004, earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Beureugang, Kaway XVI.
Meulaboh, Aceh (ANTARA) - The West Aceh district government has prepared a plot of land in Beureugang Village, Kaway XVI Sub-district, West Aceh, for the burial of those succumbing to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

"The land lies in proximity to the mass graves of victims of the December 26, 2004, earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Beureugang, Kaway XVI,” Chief of the West Aceh District Health Office Syarifah Junaidah stated here on Thursday.

Junaidah affirmed that the plot of land, spanning hundreds of square meters, was specifically designed as a cemetery for local residents, who died of the COVID-19 infection.

The move mirrored the local government's readiness to contain the transmission of COVID-19 in the district, she emphasized.

However, Junaidah echoed the local government’s hopes that none of West Aceh’s residents would be exposed to COVID-19.

She also pointed out that the local government had designated two hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19 patients: a psychiatric hospital in Beureugang Village, Kaway XVI Sub-district, West Aceh, for handling asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and the Cut Nyak Dhien Hospital in Meulaboh for confirmed COVID-19 patients.
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