Bayelsa relaxes ban on burials

2020-05-22
THE PUNCH Newspaper- Daniels Igoni, Yenagoa

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Douye Diri, has relaxed the order banning burials in the state.
The ban on burials was among other COVID-19 lockdown measures imposed since March on the state by the governor.
But there had been pressure on Diri to lift the ban on burials after the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, raised the alarm on May 14 that its mortuary was filled to capacity.
The FMC’s consultant pathologist, Dr Alawode Kehinde, had said the ugly situation was posing a huge challenge to the FMC management.
Kehinde cautioned that if nothing was done to urgently evacuate the corpses at the morgue before June, the situation could get out of hand. The governor, who approved the relaxation on burials during a meeting with the COVID-19 Task Force, explained that the decision followed “appeals from the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, over increasing number of corpses in mortuaries in the state.”
Diri directed that all mortuaries must sign an undertaken with the deceased families to abide by the COVID-19 protocols.

 

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