By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
As part of measure to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic in the State, the Osun State Government has rolled out safety protocols to be followed during burial rites by relatives of the deceased.
According to a press statement signed by Prince Wole Oyebamiji, Secretary to the State Government, a copy of which was obtained by Western Post in Osogbo on Wednesday said not more than 20 people who must put on nose mask at burial ground.
The statement reads in parts: “For any burial in the state of Osun, henceforth, there must not be more than 20 people who must put on nose masks at the burial site. The relatives of the deceased must provide sanitizer at the venue and ensure observance of social distancing.
“Families of the deceased are also expected to inform the nearest Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the date and venue of the burial. The Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer ( DSNO) from the Local Government must supervise the burial.
“Furthermore, the family of the deceased must write an application letter which must be accompanied by a death certificate issued by a government hospital or a letter from the Ministry of Health, signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, State of Osun. The letter must state the following; the deceased’s last address, cause of death, and a pledge by the family to abide by and follow the standard regulations set to guide against COVID-19 pandemic.
“Meanwhile all correspondence should be through WhatsApp number 0818 718 7678.
“Any family that fails to abide by these safety protocols during the burial of their loved ones would be appropriately sanctioned,” the statement added.