An waste incinerator firm on Merseyside has helped to fight the ebola pandemic in west Africa through the cremation of victims’ bodies.
Inciner8, whose equipment also disposes of medical and animal material, has provided safe medical-grade incineration facilities to help contain the disease.
The company has donated more than £130,000-worth of technology and machinery for cremation, and has worked with the UN and Red Cross to provide a 24-hour response service to deliver equipment where needed.
Since the ebola outbreak began in 2013, more than 11,000 people have died and almost 30,000 cases have been reported. But the disease appears to be on the wane, with only 96 new cases reported in October.
Inciner8 managing director Paul Niklas said: “The traditional ways that people prepared the dead for burial in west Africa were exposing them to the virus while it was still contagious.
“The disaster response charities and the UN have worked incredibly hard to get the message across that one of the key ways to stop ebola was to change the way the deceased were handled.
“With many West African nations not having the infrastructure to carry out safe cremation, we were able to step in and help.”