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KorleBu Mortuary: It’s time Christians followed Moslems’ burial style — Haruna Iddrisu

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has proposed it is time the Christian community considers quick and simple burial rituals like Moslems do.

A report by Gh One’s Godwin Asediba told a story of the terrible state of the korlebu teaching hospital morgue in Ghana’s capital, Accra, which has been reduced to maggots but still has mortuary attendants working in the facility.

Ghanaians including the Tamale South MP expressed disgust at the deplorable condition of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital mortuary and the disheartening remuneration of workers at the facility.

The video report showed dead bodies lying on the bare floor, gutters within the facility choked with solid and liquid waste believed to have emanated from the corpses, and flies hovering on them all over.

The Minority leader after being hit by the documentary said it is important a solution is found and soon.

He made the call during an interview with GH One TV’s Serwaa Amihere when he was confronted with the sordid conditions at the Korle Bu Mortuary.

The Minority Leader called for improvement in the conditions of work and remuneration for the workers decrying the paltry salaries they are paid.

He also proposed it is time for long freezer preservation of bodies be relooked at by the Christian community. He said they cab copy the Muslim style of quick simple burial to also help reduce the pressure on the mortuaries.

The Minority Leader revealed he is writing a memoir and interestingly, Korlebu Mortuary is featured in it after President Mahama sent him there on an assignment as Labour Minister following a strike by the Mortuary workers. While many didn’t expect him to enter the main Mortuary, he did and was confronted by the sad reality and biting nature of the strike as dead bodies were left in wards because of the strike.

Mr. Iddrisu believes a quick burial without preservation could help.

According to several online Sources, Islamic sharia ( religious law) calls for burial of the body as soon as possible, preceded by a simple ritual involving bathing and shrouding the body, followed by salah (prayer).

Burial is usually within 24 hours of death to protect the living from any sanitary issues, except in the case of a person killed in battle or when foul play is suspected; in those cases it is important to determine the cause of death before burial. Cremation of the body is strictly forbidden in Islam.


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