Ogun shuts illegal morgue, transfers corpses
The Ogun State government yesterday sealed off an illegal mortuary at Number 6, Church Street, Orudu Road off Gbogbolowo Bus Stop in Ifo LGA of the state, citing unapproved buildings and health dangers as reasons.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Daisi Odeniyi, while sealing off the mortuary alongside security operatives, said the step was to deter other members of the public engaging in such act to desist and follow due process by registering private hospitals, maternity homes, laboratory centres and other health facilities with the Ministry of Health.
Odeniyi who was represented by Dr. Solomon Sokunbi, said three corpses were evacuated from the mortuary, adding that the structure housing the corpses did not have a building plan approval and would be served a demolition notice by the relevant government agency.
“Ogun State has zerotolerance to quackery and will not condone the operation of any illegal health facility and anyone caught engaging in such illegality will be arrested and prosecuted”, he said.
The Area Coordinator of the community, Mr Funso Williams, said the mortuary had been sealed thrice by the officials of the Ministry of Health, adding that Mr. Martins Ikharo, the operator of the facility, usually breaks government seal on the facility.
He therefore called on government to find a lasting solution to the problem, saying such illegal facility could cause serious health problems in the community.
The Senior Pastor, Celestial Church of Christ, Oluwaseyi Parish, Adiyan, Mr. Falola Olabode, said the mortuary poses dangers to the socioeconomic activities of the community, adding that chemicals used in preserving corpses affect health of the people.
The three bodies taken from the mortuary would be deposited at the state owned mortuary and would be released to families after proper identification and documentation.