Lagos State Government has said it plans to decongest the morgues in the state, and has given a go ahead to families who have corpses in mortuaries across the state and have not been able to do proper funeral in the last two months because of the restriction occasioned by the outbreak of coronavirus to do so within the next two weeks.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the go ahead on Saturday at a press briefing at Lagos House Marina, according to him the mortuaries need to be decongested urgently.
This is because mortuaries in the state are getting congested and if after two weeks there is no decongestion, the state government will be compelled to carry out mass burial.
He said: “Because of this inability to hold funerals, occasioned by the restriction on movement, the mortuaries in Lagos State are now full and in urgent need of decongestion. Let me make it clear at this point that these are not Covid-19 deaths,” he said.
“I am now constrained to make this appeal to all Lagosians who have the corpses of loved ones in the mortuaries, to please go ahead and schedule these funerals.
“The mortuaries in Lagos are not full because of Covid-19 deaths –the total number of Covid-19 deaths in Lagos as at today is 20; the only reason the mortuaries are full at this time is because funerals are not being held, and have not been held for most of the last two months,” Mr Sanwo-Olu added.
“You can hold and attend your funeral activities in Lagos as long as you comply with the requirements that we have laid out.”
These requirements, the governor said are:
1,Funerals must not exceed 20 persons including the officiating ministers.
2,Physical distancing must be maintained at all funeral ceremonies.
3,All attendees or mourners must wear a face mask and must ensure they wash their hands before and after the ceremony.
4, There must not be any form of parties or reception that would accompany the funeral ceremonies.
“As long as you keep these directives and you fully comply with them, funerals would be allowed and encouraged to take place immediately.
“If we are unable to see a decongestion of the mortuaries across the state within the next two weeks, Lagos State government will now be compelled to seek to have mass burial and we don’t want to force this on anybody that is why we are asking for the cooperation of all of us,” Sanwo-Olu said.