DELTA State government, yesterday, denied reports that corpses in General Hospital morgue, Patani, were washed away by the flood that swept through the town and other parts of the state recently.

Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chike Ogeah, said although Patani was one of the areas affected by the flood, the General Hospital was never flooded, and that corpses could not have been washed away when there was no flood.

He explained: “At the onset of the flood, every commissioner and public office holder had been deployed to their areas of origin to monitor and coordinate relief efforts at the instance of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Governor of Delta State.

“Thus, top officials of the state government and officials of organizations charged with providing relief to internally displaced persons maintained a hands-on approach to the management of the flood.  In line with the directive, Mr. Timi Tonye, Commissioner for Special Duties, who hails from Patani Local Government Area, has virtually been living in the area since the onset of the floods.”

“He remains on ground and has been coordinating relief efforts. The report gave the impression that there was a fresh surge of floods in the Patani area. This is far from the truth. On the contrary, the floods have been receding in the past two weeks as the Delta State Government gears up for the second phase of the flood management – rebuilding the affected areas.

“Mr. Tonye who oversees the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Commission (DESOPADEC) has attested to the fact that the morgue in Patani was never flooded while services are gradually resuming at the General Hospital. Similarly, Dr. Joseph Otumara, Delta State Commissioner for Health, has been actively involved in the management of the flood through the provision of requisite medical services in the displaced people’s camps.

“At the peak of the floods, no such report was lodged nor did any resident of Patani or any part of the state complain about the washing of dead bodies off any mortuary.

“At no time were the entire premises of the General Hospital, Patani overrun by flood. Rather, the road leading to the hospital and the Doctors’ Quarters were the only flooded areas. The main hospital compound was not affected. In effect, the morgue and other critical service areas were NOT flooded. 

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