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Covid-19 deaths: 6 bodies buried at Awodome cemetery

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Environmental Health Officials in the Greater Accra Region have buried six Covid-19 infected bodies at the Awodome cemetery.

 

Although the officials planned for eight bodies, members of two families failed to show up in the first-ever Covid-19 public burial since the third wave hit Ghana.

 

 

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has recorded a total of 945 deaths since Covid-19 hit the country.

 

Speaking with JoyNews‘ Maame Esi Thompson, shortly after the burial, the Environmental Health Director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Joseph Asitanga, cautioned the public against what he observed as a disregard for the Covid-19 protocols, reminding that the virus is real.

 

“I want to tell every Ghanaian that the Covid is real,” he said.

 

Five of the bodies were from the Greater Accra Regional Hospital and one from the Ga East Hospital.

 

The Health Director said the protocols of the burial demands that “when the person passes on and we are informed that it is Covid, details of the dead person is recorded in our office then we start the process.

 

“Bear in mind that the law does not permit us to give the bodies to the family members, so when a person passes on, we do much counselling for the family.

 

 

According to him, education is provided for the family “and we tell them that this is a pandemic, and therefore, a pandemic is handled by the government so we help to handle the body.

 

“We will do everything possible to help lay the person to rest so, at the mortuary level, the bodies are kept at a different session from the other bodies.”

 

He further explained that apart from disinfecting the body for burial, “we disinfect the whole area, the vehicle that will carry the body, the coffin, even the grave.

 

“The people who are to do the handling are adequately protected with the PPEs, you the media people, before you have access to come and join the programme, we must protect you.

 

“After we finish the covering [of the grave] we will disinfect the whole place again before we leave.”

 

Meanwhile, some aggrieved families of the deceased disagreed that their relatives died of Covid-19.

 

“She did not die of Covid because if it was, her children who attended to her at the hospital would have been quarantined,” one told JoyNews.

 

He quizzed, “Why then have the children been left to walk about in public? Then all of us would be affected by the virus so if we behave like this in this world, it’s very painful.”

 

Another relative said, “we lost her I think about 10 days ago. My sibling did not contract Covid-19 because if it were so, all those who were around her before her demise would have been isolated.

 

Meanwhile, some aggrieved families of the deceased disagreed that their relatives died of Covid-19.

 

“She did not die of Covid because if it was, her children who attended to her at the hospital would have been quarantined,” one told JoyNews.

 

He quizzed: “Why then have the children been left to walk about in public? Then all of us would be affected by the virus so if we behave like this in this world, it’s very painful.”

 

Another relative said, “we lost her I think about 10 days ago. My sibling did not contract Covid-19 because if it were so, all those who were around her before her demise would have been isolated.”

 

According to him, his sibling was diagnosed with kidney failure and my sibling died, “you said you were taking her to a special ward, just some few hours you said she had contracted Covid.”

 

Mr Asitanga, however, refuted the assertion, “it doesn’t pay any doctor, doctors don’t get a reward for labelling any family member as a Covid body, and we are the last end of solving the problem.”

 

He said until the medical report indicates that a person died of Covid, “we have no hand in the body.”

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Hon. O.B Amoah Threatens To Destroy Shatana’s Property

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Recent news in reveals that Honourable Osei Bonsu Amoah, who is the Member of Parliament for Akuapem South, has threatened to seize a property owned by outspoken musician Shatana.

According to reliable information ganered, it is alleged that the Member of Parliament conspired with a white lady to intimidate and fustrate Shatana and deprive her of what is rightfully hers.

The premise of the issue is that Shatana’s property is opposite a white’s in Oboadeka in the Eastern Region, where they is a water body in between them. It was said that the Hon. O.B was in consent with whatever the white owner did but wants Shatana out of her land when she is doing exactly what needs to be done.

According to eyewitnesses, Hon. OB Amoah and his landguards are terrorizing workers on Shatana’s land, a situation she described as disturbing.

Shatana, on the other hand, is begging the Eastern regional police commander, DCOP Dr. Sayibu Pabi Gariba and the Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, to intercede and call Hon. OB Amoah to order.

Some residents who witnessed the ordeal and recounted their ordeal to Ghvibe.com sponsored by Hon. OB Amoah, and thus called on the GP to intervene as soon as possible.

According to some residents, OB Amoah has stated that if Shatana takes 24 hours to build, he will demolish it in seconds.

“The land guards showed up while we were working on the site.” They took our tools and almost beat us up”, they said.

Shatana is pleading with the IGP to come and investigate the matter so that peace can be restored.

Watch Video Below as presented by residents of the town.

 

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Pay bloggers to make you popular instead of contesting Mahama-Kofi Adams to NDC flag bearers.

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NDC Member of Parliament(MP) for Buem constituency, Kofi Adams, has disclosed that it will only be wise for anybody who will decide to contest former President Mahama for the 2024 flagbearership of the NDC to pay bloggers with the campaign money for them to make him or her popular.

Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, the former National Organizer of the party explained that he cannot understand why somebody would want to contest former President John Dramani Mahama who has already been marketed and known within the party and the country at large.

“This is not the time we will need to do try and error or market a new candidate. Former President John Manhama is tried and tested and has proven that he is very popular in the country. He won over six million votes in the last elections and I don’t think it will be proper for the party to choose a new candidate over him,” Kofi Adams said.

Whiles voicing his support for the idea of potential candidates contesting against the former President for the flagbearer position of the party, Kofi Adams pointed out that it will only be proper and wise for who ever decides to contest him, to spend that money on bloggers so that they can make him popular.

He maintains though he has not heard from Dr. Kwabena Duffour on his decision to contest the former leader of the party, he believes that Dr. Duffour will not make such a grave mistake to contest the man of the moment.

Source:Peacefmonline

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