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Kwara Govt. seals illegal private mortuary



Kwara Government has sealed an illegal private mortuary situated in Gaa-Akanbi area of Ilorin.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina El-Imam, said while inspecting the facility that the action was a decisive move to ensure compliance with standards of care for the good people of Kwara.

This, she said, is whether they are alive or dead.

The commissioner explained that the facility, often referred to as ‘Omosebi’, is unknown to the Ministry of Health as a registered mortuary service provider.

She said “it is important to preserve the dignity of our dead ones and ensure that infectious diseases do not reach the living from poor management of their remains; this facility does not meet the required standard.”

In his reaction, Dr Musiliu Odunaiya, the Director, Medical Services and Training, said that “the morgue handlers are required to report to the Ministry of Health Headquarters at Fate.”

According to him, this is to resolve relevant issues and ensure the facility is safe for public use.

He urged the public to take the remains of their loved ones to available government-owned facilities where their safe custody can be guaranteed.

Fatima Mohammed-lawal

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