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Mortuaries designated to preserve dead bodies of victims of Coronavirus in parts of the country are struggling for space following a strike action by the environmental health officers in the country.

The health officers whose duty it is to oversee the burial of persons who succumb to the virus have laid down their tools over poor working conditions.

The development is expected to escalate the situation across the country if the striking officials do not return to work within the shortest possible time.

Deputy Administrator of theĀ  Holy Family Hospital in the Kwahu West Municipality, Lawrence Opoku says the hospital has come under intense pressure over space at the hospital’s mortuary because 8 bodies of Covid-19 victims are still at the hospital making the space allocated for infectious bodies full.

“Our morgue is full as a result of the pandemic. There is a need to create a limited space so that covid bodies can be deposited. Meanwhile, day in and day out, we are getting bodies from the treatment centres,” he said.

He added that the hospital is consulting stakeholders to find alternate ways of disposing of the Covid-19 bodies to decongest the mortuaries.

For her part, the Kwahu West Municipal Health Directorate, Celestine Asare has been expressing worry over the development. According to her, infectious bodies and for that matter, Covid-19 bodies are not supposed preserved over a long period.

Members of the Environmental Health Officers Alliance-Ghana (EHOA-GH) last month suspended the burial of Covid-19 infected corpses across the country.

According to the group, the Environmental Health Practitioners burying the bodies lack the needed resources to carry on with their job.

They argue that, until the key actors in the health sector, namely the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service, supply them with the needed PPEs, the association will continue with the strike.


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