Shock in Eastern Region’s New Juaben South as ‘COVID-19 corpse’ goes missing

Shock in Eastern Region’s New Juaben South as ‘COVID-19 corpse’ goes missing

- Environmental officers in New Juaben South were shocked on March 14, when they couldn’t find a COVID-19 infected corpse

- The corpse was smuggled from the morgue before the officers arrived

- They were expected to supervise the burial as part of the COVID-19 protocol

Information reaching indicates that a ‘COVID-19 corpse’ has gone missing from a mortuary in the New Juaben South Municipal Assembly of the Eastern Region.

The Municipality’s environmental officers were shocked when the mortal remain of Janet Nyarko who reportedly succumbed to the deadly coronavirus was nowhere to be found when they were at the morgue to supervise her burial on March 14, 2021.

Shock in Eastern Region’s New Juaben South as ‘COVID-19 corpse’ goes missing
Shock in Eastern Region’s New Juaben South as ‘COVID-19 corpse’ goes missing
Source: UGC

Nyarko’s body was secretly smuggled away before the arrival of the environmental officers, by her kindred with the help of the workers at the mortuary, reports.

According to the outlet, the corpse was sent to the SDA church for a burial service.

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The environmental officers then rushed to close down the Koforidua public cemetery to stop the family from burying the ‘COVID-19 mortal remain.’

“I had to prevent them because I don’t know where they took the body to. The body was released at the morgue so find out from the morgue who released the body to the family members without an officer. I should have been there before the body was released to the family. I should have been present. So who gave the body to the family,” the New Juaben South Municipal Environmental officer Emmanuel Tetteh.

Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll hit 685 after six more persons succumbed to the deadly virus that killed some 2.6million people globally.

Also, 282 new cases were recorded, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) confirmed as of Sunday, March 14, 2021, with active cases standing at 3,908.

A total of 87,769 cases have so far been recorded with 83,169 recoveries.

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Over 300,000 Ghanaians have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine after the country took delivery of 600,000 doses on February 22, 2021, under the United Nation-led COVAX facility.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).

Ghana is expected to receive an additional two million of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility by the end of May this year, boasting the government’s quest to vaccinate about 20 million Ghanaians.

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Mohammed Awal Mohammed Awal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (Journalism) at the Ghana Institute of Journalism. He has worked in print and online media with Ghanaian-based The Chronicle newspaper, Starr FM and US-based online portable, He also had brief stints with Africafeeds.