- INAUGURATES COMMITTEE FOR PRODUCTION OF POLICY DOCUMENT ON MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN REMAINS IN DISASTER SITUATIONS
The Federal Government has inaugurated a committee for the production of Policy documents on the Management of Human Remains in disaster situations. The committee would harness all available resources towards ensuring a concise document for smooth implementation of the policy for the management of Human remains in emergency and disaster situations in Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi, who was represented by the Director, Department of Hospital Services, Dr. Joseph Amedu, noted that the greatest respect that is owed to the dead is a befitting burial, appropriate preservation when necessary, identification of cause and pattern of death for forensic evidence to enable preventive intervention to forestall such deaths in the living.
Mr. Abdullahi further said that the Management of the dead in mass casualty requires preservation of the dignity of the deceased as they cannot speak to demand justice for themselves, therefore, it is imperative that bodies/body parts should be treated with respect and afforded dignity at all times.
He pointed out that the management of the body/body parts in cases of mass casualty can be daunting as emphases are often directed to the living with neglect of the dead’’
He said the policy will serve as a National policy Guide for the management of Human Remains and Forensic services and The Draft policy document to be submitted to the Honourable Minister of Health for approval and further recommendation to the National Council on Health.
Mr. Abdullahi lauded the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) for its efforts towards providing technical and financial support and ensuring that the project came to reality.
The Head, Teaching Hospital Division, Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe, noted that the inauguration is long overdue and hinted that it is essential to collaborate with relevant stakeholders towards an efficient and effective service delivery in the Health Sector.
She added that the ministry has a great leadership role in the handling of human remains and need to concentrate their resources on the management of bodies and body parts especially during mass casualty’’
The Forensic Specialist, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), Dr.Elif Gunce Eskikoy, pledged continuous collaboration and Technical Support towards improving management of Human Rem
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