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Bolga MCE worried about shallow graves in public cemetery at Yikene

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The Bolgatanga MCE, Rex Asanga, has expressed some public health concerns around the depth of graves at the public cemetery at Yikene, a suburb of Bolgatanga. 

Mr. Asanga was speaking with A1 Radio’s Mark Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show yesterday, Monday, April 3, 2023. 

“One of the key programmes is shallow burials. That is very dangerous,” he said. 

Mr. Asanga explained that the situation poses serious health concerns, particularly, when it comes to rearing free-range animals like pigs close to the cemetery. 

The situation has been attributed to a lack of attendants for the cemetery, a situation that is being remedied, according to Mr. Asanga.

“It is dangerous for us as a community, related to public health, when you dig a grave of 2 feet and bury it. There have been instances where people have seen people dig to only 2 feet. If you dig a place and you hit a rock, you have to change the place, but don’t say that we should do it like that,” he said. 

The MCE for Bolgatanga explained that the situation, aside the health implications, is not dignifying for the dead. 

The assembly has begun the process of constructing a small housing facility for the caretaker expected to manage the cemetery. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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