The Lagos State Government has
announced that it will tomorrow (Tuesday) shut down Isolo mortuary, situated in the premises of Isolo General Hospital as part of efforts to safeguard public health. The mortuary has been a source of serious concern for residents of the state as a result of the putrid smell that emanate from the morgue.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris who disclosed this today in Lagos, called on members of the public to make arrangements to collect the bodies of family members kept in the morgue before Tuesday when the closure will take effect.He advised people who require mortuary services to transfer them to Gbagada General Hospital Mortuary or the General Hospital Lagos in addition to state mortuaries at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Lagos Island General Hospital, Ikorodu General Hospital and Epe General Hospital, all of which he said remain open to members of the public.
The Commissioner said the recently renovated mortuary in Mainland General Hospital has now been designated as a Social Responsibility Centre and would henceforth receive and accommodate only some categories of bodies.
“The Mainland General Hospital mortuary will receive and accommodate only the following categories of bodies: bodies in respect of which a Coroner has directed an autopsy to be conducted, pursuant to the Coroners’ System Law, 2007 including bodies found on state’s roads and highways or are picked up by the Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU), bodies of individuals who died while in custody or shortly thereafter and bodies which have been abandoned in other state mortuaries.”
He reiterated government’s commitment to continue to serve the people while striving to improve social amenities, health outcomes and quality of life of the people of the state.