Violators of COVID-19 burial protocols to pay N100m fine says Rivers state government

Rivers state government has placed a sanction of N100 million fine on violation of COVID-19 burial protocols in the state.

This was disclosed by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike, on Saturday.

The professor, while disclosing the new development, said it is based on the decision of the state’s executive councils.

He further disclosed that all local governments chairmen in the state have been issued strong order to ensure strict compliance of the said protocols.

He said, “Public burials in the state remain as outlined by the gazette of the state stipulating that no more than 50 persons should be allowed in burials in Rivers State.

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“We also agreed that Local Government Chairmen should also assist the burial committees to ensure that this planned directive of the Rivers State Executive Council is carried to the letter. Every defaulter to these regulations would be made to pay a fine of N100m.”

Meanwhile, the governor of the state of Nyesom Wike, in an attempt to curb the community spread of the coronavirus disease, prescribed a fine N10m for flaunters of the COVID-19 burial protocols.

The gazetted order, RVSG –122020 stipulates that any person intending to hold a public burial in the state or take any corpse outside the state for burial must apply to the Governor for approval through the state Commissioner for Health.

Furthermore, the order which took effect from June 5 2020, mandated the presentation of the death certificate of any death recorded from 1st of February, 2020, at the point of application.

This, he said, is to be note if the death is caused by COVID-19 or other causes.

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