By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Ministerial Enforcement Task Team on COVID-19, has warned cemetery workers and mourners at the Gudu cemetery to stop practices that are against hygiene during burials.
Ikharo Attah, head of the enforcement team gave the warning when his team invaded the Gudu cemetery during its early morning patrol, when it noticed an unusual gathering there.
He explained that though the deceased was not confirmed to have died of Coronavirus, but there was need to counsel both family members and cemetery workers to be safety conscious by observing necessary health protocols at burial sites.
According to him, FCT administration was making efforts to prevent any action capable of undermining the fight against COVID -19.
While he enjoined the cemetery workers to always wear their face masks, hand gloves and other personal protective items during the period, he also cautioned mourners not to disregard social distancing during the burial particularly while offering the final prayers.
Attah also warned the cemetery workers not to abuse any extant environmental laws by improperly disposing their burial items immediately after every internment.
Attah stated, “though the families said their loved ones did not die of coronavirus, but by natural causes, it is fundamentally important to enlighten them on measures needed to contain the spread of coronavirus.”