Environmental officers from New Juaben South Municipal Assembly of the Eastern Region were in shock on Sunday after a corpse infected with covid-19 was missing from the mortuary.
The Environmental officers were at the mortuary Sunday dawn, March 14, 2021, to supervise the burial of the late Janet Nyarkoa who reportedly died of Covid-19.
However, to the surprise of the Environmental officers, the body had been taken away by the bereaved family in connivance with the mortuary workers before their arrival.
Kasapa News sources indicate that the family took the body to SDA Church for burial service to be held before being buried.
The Environmental officers after an unsuccessful search of the whereabout of the corpse rushed to lock the public cemetery in Koforidua to block the family from going ahead to bury the corpse after breaching Covid-19 burial protocols.
The situation created chaos when the family finally arrived with the body in a speeding hearse.
The Environmental officers led by the New Juaben South Municipal Environmental officer Emmanuel Tetteh blocked the family from burying the corpse instead directed that they go to the Police station to lodge a formal complaint about the incident.
“I had to prevent them because I don’t know where they took the body to. The body was released at the morgue, so we need to find out from the morgue who released the body to the family members without an officer. I should have been there before the body released to the family. I should have been present. So who gave the body to the family? I will be happy if you do that investigation. Because when I got there to supervise the burial, the body was not there so I rather had to stop them at the cemetery so we reported at the Police Station” Emmanuel Tetteh told Kasapa News.
He said it was wrong for the mortuary workers at the Eastern Regional Hospital to release a Covid-19 body to the family oblivious of the protocols for burial of such bodies.
The Eastern Regional Hospital is yet to respond to the allegations.
Similarly, the acting Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command Sergeant Francis Gomado told Kasapa News on Monday that he has not been briefed about the incident.
Meanwhile, reports say the corpse has already been buried.