Ebola: Ondo Assembly passes law on cremation

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Following the threat posed by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Ondo State House of Assembly yesterday passed a law for the proper disposal of the victims killed by the disease.
The bill, which was presented last week by the state governor,  Dr. Olusegun Mimiko was passed into law after the third reading which was preceded by the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Health headed by Bamidele Oloyelogun.

Presenting the report, the lawmaker said the committee had on Monday organised a public hearing to enable all stakeholders have an input into the bill before passage into law.
According to him, the stakeholders were of the opinion that there was the need for a speedy passage without further delay in view of prevailing circumstances in the country. He said the committee observed that the introduction of the law would go a long way in complementing the efforts of the state government by checking the spread of contagious diseases in the state.
Oloyelogun also said the law would take care of any hazard that might involve health personnel in their line of duty.
The Majority Leader of the House, Dayo Akinsoyinu, in his contribution noted that the public hearing attracted people from the health sector leading to a robust report of the committee.
Moving the motion for the passage of the bill, Akinsoyinu said the law would further improve the health sector and protect the people of the state.
The Speaker of the House, Jumoke Akindele, said the law was in response to the Ebola virus scourge, adding that it would make the bodies of deceased victims properly disposed. She said the move became necessary since experts had said one of the ways of preventing the spread of the disease was by proper disposal of dead bodies.
Akindele, however, noted that the law would still be in operation after the world would have been able to solve the Ebola challenge as it would give people a choice.

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