Towards decongesting Morgues in government hospitals, effective from Monday 11th May 2020, the State Government has given a month ultimatum for the burial of Corpses in all government Morgues across the State.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro said morgues in government Hospitals are already congested and if urgent measures are not taken, it will constitute Public Health hazard to residents of the State.
The Health Commissioner who said , the government is not insensitive to the culture,traditions and feelings of the people, said the ultimatum is given in the overall best interest of all.
Abooluwa Famakinwa, Press Officer in the ministry of Health, in a statement quoted Dr Adegbenro as saying that at the expiration of the one month, all unclaimed Corpses in government Morgues across the State, may be given mass burial.
The Commissioner recalled that a Circular dated 30th April was earlier issued stating that there is no prohibition of the burial of loved ones but that the Covid-19 precautionary measures must be strictly adhered to and this includes:
•Burial rites and services must be held at the grave side with not more than 20 people in attance, social distancing rule obeyed to the latter,
•No burial services in Churches or Mosques or partying after burial until the coast is clear,
•Nose Masks must be worn by all attendees,
•Soap and water provided for hand washing/hand Sanitizer provided.
The Health Commissioner also reminded the people of the State that it has now become an offence to go outside one’s house without putting on Nose Mask, as it is now an offence that attracts penalty of being quarantined for 14 days.
He advised residents to keep their Nails short, so as not to harbor bacteria, wash hands regularly with soap and running water and hand sanitizer where available.
Parents and Caregivers are also advised to keep their children at home and not expose them ,so they are not at risk of contacting the Covid 19 Virus.