The Lagos State government has banned the burying of bodies within residential premises across the state.
This directive is disclosed by the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Law Reform Commission, Ade Adeyemo, stating that the prohibition has become important as the state seeks to step up efforts to meet the 21st-century realities of preventing communicable diseases.
Adeyemo said, “In this regard, the commission, after review, found it expedient to ensure that the Lagos State Public Health Law was expanded to include present-day disease outbreaks like Ebola, Lassa fever and other communicable diseases.”
Further speaking on the activities of the commission since its establishment, she said the exigencies of coronavirus and the need to prevent the second wave of deadly respiratory diseases necessitated the review.
Adeyemo added that some of the laws and bills that have been reviewed and forwarded to the House of Assembly include the Animals Bill, Electric Power Sector Reform Law, Tenancy Bill, Real Estate Regulatory Bill, Lotteries and Gaming Authority Law and Law Enforcement Training Institute Bill, among others, Guardian reports.
The action of the government is part of the measures to prevent transmission of communicable diseases and the prohibition of the use of residential areas as morgues, embalmment centers, and burial sites.