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Dead Bodies Piling Up in Morgues in Ghana.

Tamale, Ghana Health & Fitness May 23 @ 7:11am

Dead bodies have begun piling up in Ghana's morgues including the Pantang Hospital, Korle-Bu Teaching, and the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital morgues in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions of Ghana.

The leadership of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana has said dead bodies are now "made to stand" due to the overwhelming numbers of corpses.

The President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on March 5 invoked a Restriction Imposition Order under an Executive Instrument, (E.I) 64, (2), AND (3) forbidding families from holding any form of outdoor event such as parties and weddings as measures intensified to flatten the curve of Covid-19 cases in the country.

The Act however allows for private funerals of not more than twenty five people. The president during his second address to the nation on government’s response on Covid-19 instructed bereaved families to hold private burials.

While a handful have adhered to the directives, many have postponed burials until further notice. This has caused congestion at the morgues which poses health threat to both workers and citizens.

For an online publication, this report will tell the stories behind the norms, beliefs, financial muscles, and the broken ties as families stay apart even during the most important events that have for decades been the strength of reunions.
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