Mainland, Eti-Osa, Ikeja LGAs Worst-Hit
Family Can Bury Dead Patients Privately
The Lagos State Government has revealed that three Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state so far have no record of COVID-19 cases as Saturday 18th of April 2020.
The revelation was made on Sunday 19 April 2020 by the State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, during a media briefing. The Commissioner who did not state the number of cases in each of the mentioned LGAs however stated that Lagos Mainland Local Government Area (LGA) was worst-hit, followed by Eti-Osa and Ikeja LGAs.
Responding to question relating to release of dead coronavirus (COVID-19) patients to their families Professor Abayomi stated that there was no official restriction on this if all the people at burial ground cannot exceed 25 including religious members and grave diggers.
“There is no policy against the release of the diseased with COVID-19 in terms of release for burial. If you demise from any condition, there is a protocol to manage any scenario,” Professor Abayomi said.
“The protocol for managing death from COVID-19 is that the body is decontaminated, and now placed in a special body bag.
“We put them in two body bags and then place within a coffin, then the coffin is sealed. The family is then given the opportunity to collect the body and be taken for burial.”
“So, there is no current policy that bars us from handing over the deceased to their family members.
“It just has to be done in a way that does not expose family members or does not break the current law around the number of people to be aggregated in one place,” Professor Abayomi further explained.