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DANA: Govt rules out mass burial of victims

By SOLA OGUNDIPE & Chioma Obinna

LAGOS—There will be no mass burial of victims of the Dana air crash even though mass burial has been the order of the day in situations of disasters in the country in the past.

This resolution came to light as the final autopsies on the bodies ended at the Lekan Ogunsola Memorial Mortuary, Ikeja.

The ruling out of mass burial was highlighted yesterday evening, following a top management meeting held at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH.

At the meeting attended by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris; the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed and the Chief Medical Director, Professor Wale Oke, to update information on the on-going processes at the mortuary, it was resolved that mass burial is not the best approach to handling crises that involve investigations and probes.

Vanguard gathered from a reliable source at the health institution, that the report of the meeting, which is to be presented to Governor Babatunde Fashola at a meeting scheduled for today (Thursday), specifically observes that firstly, for the sake of relatives of the victims, every family would love to bury their loved ones that died because it is part of the cultural attachment in our society.


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