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No Family Member Will Be Allowed To Bury COVID-19 Victims – AMA Insist

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has warned families to distance themselves from relatives who die from COVID-19, stating categorically that the burial of persons who die of the novel disease shall be done by health authorities.
This measure, the AMA says is part of efforts to help spread community spread of the disease.

In an official communiqué signed by Gilbert Nii Ankrah, the head of Public Affairs for Metro Chief Executive (MCE), he admonished the general public that bodies who die of infectious diseases including COVID 19 are to be strictly handled by a medical officer or an authorized health officer and not the families of the decease.
“This is in accordance with section 10 clause 2a and b of the public health Act, 2012(Act851) which provide that “A medical officer or an authorised health officer may (a) determine the manner in which the remains of a deceased person in a specific manner whether or not the deceased person is in an infected area if the medical officer or authorized health officer is satisfied or has reason to believe that the remains of the deceased person is likely to be an agent in the transmission of a communicable” the release said.

“Towards this end, the Assembly wishes to urge all stakeholders to adhere to the laid down protocols to ensure the safety of all so as to prevent the transmission of such communicable diseases in the society,” the statement added.
“The AMA uses this opportunity to remind all city dwellers to observe all precautionary measures as directed by the President to prevent the spread of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) in Accra.”

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