Police to hold mass burial for unknown and unidentified bodies

Police to hold mass burial for unknown and unidentified bodies

- The Police has indicated it will embark on a mass burial for unidentified bodies in their mortuary in 14-days

- The police say the exercise is to decongest the mortuary

- Following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Ghana, President Akufo-Addo has placed a ban on all social gatherings including funerals

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The Ghana Police Hospital says it will be organizing a mass burial for unidentified and unknown bodies in their mortuary in two-weeks time.

According to a statement released by the police administration, the move is to decongest the mortuary of the Police Hospital in Accra.

The police say even though bodies of deceased are not being released due to the ban on funeral and public burial, it will do so for families who sign an undertaking that it will abide and comply with the protocols of carrying out private funerals with 25 or fewer people in attendance.

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The Ghana Police Hospital will embark on a mass burial of some unclaimed and unidentified bodies to decongest the hospital mortuary in fourteen (14) days from the dissemination of this information.

In March 2020, the police announced that it was going to bury some 120 bodies en mass because their families have refused to collect them.

These unidentified and unclaimed bodies are made up of mostly paupers, unknown former patients, abandoned bodies, and unidentified accident and crime victims,” the police said then.

The ban on public gathering and social events, including funerals have left many families postponing their funerals till the COVID-19-induced ban is lifted for them to organize public funeral services and burial with hundreds of people in attendance.

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This has led to congestion in many mortuaries across the country.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Ghana Police Service says it has arrested a woman who run over the foot of a police officer on COVID-19 lockdown duties.

The woman whose name is given as Trudy Boatemaa Darko, allegedly run over a foot of a police inspector Friday, April 17 at the East Legon Under Bridge in Accra.

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