Thanks to Carlos Fernandes for sending the link to this Olosho360.com report: Ebola: 1,000 Corpses Await Clearance In Lagos. These aren't Ebola cases, just ordinary bodies caught up in the government's response to the outbreak. Excerpt:
Following Federal Government’s ban on inter-state movement of corpses in the country because of the outbreak of the Ebola virus, no fewer than 1,000 corpses of Igbo people are awaiting clearance in various mortuaries in Lagos State.
This disclosure was made on Friday, 29 August, 2014, by the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Lagos State, Chief Fabian Onwughalu.
It would be recalled that the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Khairu Al-Hassan, announced FG’s decision to ban movement of corpses across the country at a meeting held at African House, Government House, Kano recently.
He said it was part of the means the government is exploiting to curtail the spread of the disease in the country.
Speaking on the plight of the deceased and their relations, Chief Onwughalu said: “As I am talking to you now, there are over 1000 dead bodies of Igbo people waiting at various morgues only here in Lagos State for movement to their homeland.
“The ugly development has serious effect on the families of the deceased because in Igbo land, we believe that the moment a late family member is buried, the pains of losing him will gradually fade away. But in a situation where you keep the body of a deceased family member unnecessarily, the pains will be increasing.
“The Federal Government should rescind the decision or decentralise the authority.”
Asked what the body was doing to address the problem, he said: “At the highest level, we believe there are consultations going on. But we are worried that it is taking too long to yield fruits.”
He added that the sole authority vested in the minister to give clearance to bereaved families before they can take their dead relations home is a violation of the Igbo culture.