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Kwara Seals Illegal Mortuary



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Kwara State Government on Thursday sealed off Omosebi Mortuary Services, an illegal private mortuary located at Gaa Akanbi area in Ilorin South Local Government Area of the state.

According to a statement by the Press Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Gbenga Falade, the hospital was not registered with the government and has no facility to operate mortuary services.

“The Ministry of Health, in a decisive move to ensure compliance with standards of care for the good people of Kwara State whether alive or dead, has closed down the mortuary during an unscheduled visit to a building along Gaa Akanbi area being used as mortuary,” the statement read.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina  El-Imam, who led officials of the ministry noted that “the facility, often referred to as ‘Omosebi’ is unknown to the Ministry of Health as a registered mortuary service provider.”

Speaking with the journalists l that accompanied the team shortly after ordering the closure of the facility, El-Imam said, “it is important to preserve the dignity of our dead ones and ensure that infectious diseases do not reach the living from poor management of their remains. This facility does not meet the required standard.

“We received reports of illegal activities concerning the handling of remains of residents of Kwara State, and we promptly took action.

“We came here and verified it for ourselves, and it is not a licensed mortuary. They have no permission or right to be handling the remains of our citizens.

‘We immediately sealed the premises and called them for a discussion. While we were still working out the way to proceed, they apparently came and removed the government seal, which itself was an offence, they continued their activities, which was unfortunate.”

“We received information indicating that they have resumed operations illegally. We are here today to implement extensive, multifaceted approaches to ensure that this kind of illegality does not persist, not only in this facility but throughout the state.”

El-Imam said the government would not condone “quackery or undignified handling of people’s remains.”

She also said that the state government would not tolerate anything that would jeopardise the health of the people in the state.

The commissioner further explained that they were collaborating with the Nigerian police and the Ministry of Justice on the action to take next.

According to her, the state government would expedite action and ensure that the full weight of the law is brought to bear in the situation.

She emphasised that the Kwara State Government has zero tolerance for such impunity and outright disregard for the rule of law.

The ministry’s Director, Medical Services and Training, Dr. Musiliu Odunaiya, said that the owners of the hospital should report to the ministry to explain the operation and facilities provided by the hospital management.

“The morgue handlers are required to report to the State Ministry of Health Headquarters, Fate area, Ilorin to resolve relevant issues and ensure the facility is safe for public use,” Odunaiya said.

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