Ondo govt conducts mass burial for 496 unclaimed corpses

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By Temitope Adedeji, Akure

NO fewer than 496 corpses were already given a mass burial by the state government as part of efforts geared toward decongesting the morgues at the Akure and Ondo complexes of the State University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTH).

In a statement today by Bisi Lawani, Head, Press Unit and Public Relations, Ministry of Health, noted that the move was a follow-up to an assessment tour of morgues in the two hospitals.

The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Health, Prof. Dayo Faduyile, was quoted to have disclosed this while briefing journalists on the development in his office.

Faduyile noted that he and some other government officials had recently embarked on an assessment tour of the morgues in the two health facilities and observed with dismay their gory state, which has been jam-packed with unclaimed bodies spanning a year and above.

The Special Adviser said the development prompted him to put up a strong memo to the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on the urgent need to decongest and rehabilitate the morgues, which had literally turned into an eye-sore.

Faduyile added that the governor did not hesitate to approve the memo to carry out the proposed mass burial activities, so as to avoid an imminent outbreak of epidemic diseases in the state.

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