The government of Ondo State led by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has conducted a mass burial of about five hundred unclaimed corpses at the mortuaries of the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital in Akure, the state capital.
The government said it took the decision following the elapse of the 21-day ultimatum earlier which was publicised in print and electronic media.
Naija News understands that the ultimatum commenced on the 1st of August and elapsed on the 21st of August, 2022.
The government said about 496 corpses at the mortuaries were packed and given mass burial.
Confirming the development, the Special Adviser to Governor Akeredolu on Health, Dr Francis Faduyile said the action was followed by a statement issued by the Press Officer of the state Ministry of Health, Bisi Lawani.
According to Faduyile, some government officials recently embarked on an assessment tour of the morgues in the two health facilities and observed with dismay their gory state.
He noted that the morgues were becoming unbearable due to the jam-packed nature of unclaimed bodies for over a year.
The special adviser further explained that after the tour, the governor was informed of the situation through a memo, on the need to decongest and rehabilitate the morgues, which he said had literally turned into an eye-sore.
He noted that the approved memo and due process were followed in carrying out the exercise.
Faduyile said, “Mr. Governor did not hesitate to approve the memo to carry out the proposed mass burial activities, so as to avoid an imminent outbreak of epidemic diseases in the state.”
“In all (the morgues), 87 bodies were identified/known with their name tags while 409 were unknown and a total of 496 bodies underwent mass burial.”
The mass burial, Naija News understands was carried out on Friday, September 2nd, 2022, with the protection of security operatives.