“We Are Overwhelmed” – Coronavirus Burial Team Cries

Leader of the coronavirus burial team, Inspector Joseph Asitanga, says his team is overwhelmed over the number of the dead bodies they have in the morgues awaiting burial.

According to him, a lot more bodies are still waiting after some 97 have already been buried.

Ghana Health Service says as, on Thursday, August 7, Ghana’s Covid-19 death toll is at 199 out of which Six were buried by the team at the Awodome cemetery.

Mr. Asitanga further advised the general public to observe all the Covid-19 protocols as the virus is real.

“At times we move around town in the night or day time we see people gathered in their numbers very close without observing the national protocol measures but we get sadden that people feel that COVID is not within where they find themselves”, he said.

He added that the situation is getting out of hand and that the burial team is having a tough time dealing with the number.

“Today we’re burying six; we’re overwhelmed with the bodies in the various morgues”, he noted.

He called on family members of the deceased’s to stop interfering in their work as many of their actions slow down there.

“You see we went through so much hustle and drama at the hands of these relatives and that’s been the situation a lot of the time. We plead with them to allow us to do our work”.

Thursday’s exercise saw some relatives of deceased in a mild standoff with hospital morgue officials and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) workers.

The family members had wanted an opportunity to see the bodies of their relatives and pay final respect but that according to the burial team would be in breach of their protocols.

Meanwhile, the burial team is calling on the government to better equip them in their line of duty. They also complained about inadequate motivation.

 

They say, they are at their wit end but committed to the cause.

 

By Naa Ayorkor Laryea

 

 

 

 

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