Ogun shuts il­le­gal morgue, trans­fers corpses

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

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.

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