Authorities at the Volta regional capital of Ho have shut down the capital's only public cemetery due to the lack of space.
The facility located behind the Ho Polyclinic along the Ho-Kpetoe road has been the burial ground for both indigenes and non-indigenes as well the various religious denominations in Ho for more than five decades. Ho Municipal Environmental Health Officer, Samuel Hanson Galley said the action was necessary to safeguard public safety and also prevent further encroachment into private lands around the cemetery.
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