West African State, Ghana is refusing to release the dead body of a Dutch national due to its public regulations.
The Dutch citizen, Samuel Waterberg, is reported to have died from coronavirus in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
His mortal remains, African Entertainment is informed, is being kept at a mortuary in Ghana’s Ga East Municipal Hospital.
However, Dutch Ambassador to Ghana, Ron Strikker, in a letter dated March 28, 2020, appealed to Ghanaian authorities to allow Mr. Waterberg’s body be transferred to a private mortuary.
But that Ghana’s Ministry of Health declined the request, saying based on the country’s public health regulations, the body cannot be released as requested.
The letter signed by the country’s Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Rawlings-Manu, stated that
in line with the country’s public health regulations, persons who died from diseases like coronavirus are strictly handed and buried by the State.
“Therefore, unfortunately, we are unable to grant your request,” the Ambassador was told.
Ghana has recorded 152 cases of the virus.