Hardworking Covid-19 Gravediggers Need Their Nutritional Intake Supported

“The gravediggers are drained of energy after digging the graves for bodies day and night. They rest for a few hours, then continue to work in the morning. Their nutritional intake needs to be taken care of," said Ajat, the manager of Buniayu Public Cemetery.

Buniayu Public Cemetery.
A Buniayu Public Cemetery worker receives a meal package assistance. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, TANGERANG REGENCY – The Covid-19 pandemic involves people of various to overcome it. In addition to healthcare workers, gravediggers have also been working hard to bury the COVID-19 victims. The gravediggers at the Buniayu Public Cemetery (TPU), Buniayu Village, Sukamulya District, Tangerang Regency, have exhausted themselves to dig graves of COVID-19 victims. Their energy is drained because they have to work day and night. 

Buniayu Public Cemetery is one of the Covid-19 cemeteries in Tangerang Regency. The Manager of Buniayu Public Cemetery, Ajat Sudrajat said that from March 2020 until July 13, 2021, 1,192 bodies of COVID-19 victims had been buried in Buniayu Public Cemetery. In July 2021 alone, 320 bodies have been buried there.

Around 18 to 36 bodies are sent there on a daily basis while there are only 30 people working at the cemetery including gravediggers, pelasan officers (who tidy up the grave), and the managers of the cemetery.

"The lowest number of Covid-19 bodies buried in a day was 18 and the highest was 36. On average, about 25 people are buried each day. We have only 12 gravediggers here. In total, there are 30 funeral workers here," said Ajat, Tuesday (7/13/2021).

Ajat continued, the gravediggers were drained of energy after digging the graves day and night. They rest for a few hours, then continue to work in the morning. Therefore, their physical hard work needs to be supported by adequate nutritional intake.

To meet the nutritional intake of gravediggers at Buniayu Public Cemetery, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) provided hundreds of meal packages cooked on the Humanity Food Bus (HFB) which is ACT's newest humanitarian vehicle.[]