The Ghana Health Service says it has begun investigations to ascertain the identity of the mortuary attendant allegedly seen fondling the bodies of late dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns and her friend Franca Kuri in a video.
There was widespread contempt from Ghanaians over the week after the video, reportedly capturing a mortuary attendant touching and examining the badly injured bodies of the pair, leaked on social media.
A statement from the Ghana Health Service and signed by its Director-General, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare condemned the alleged act and added that the investigation will among other things try to establish whether the incident occurred at a mortuary facility belonging to the service.
“The attention of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has been drawn to publications/broadcast by the print and electronic media on a leaked video of an ‘unidentified’ mortuary attendant/staff fondling corpses alleged to be that of Miss Ebony Reigns and her friend who were recently involved in a fatal road traffic accident.”
“The GHS has initiated investigations to ascertain the identity of the alleged mortuary man and also to confirm whether the incident occurred in a mortuary facility belonging to the Service,” the statement added.
It went on further to assure Ghanaians that “it upholds the dignity and rights of our patients and will therefore not countenance such unethical conduct if it is established that the alleged mortuary attendant is a staff of the service.”
Ebony and Franka, along with one other person, died on Thursday February 8, 2018 on the Sunyani-Kumasi road in a gory car accident.
Her funeral has been set for March 17, 2018 and will be held at the Black Star Square in Accra.
We’ll deal with Ebony’s ‘mortuary man’ after funeral
Meanwhile, Ebony’s manager Ricky Nana Agyemang aka Bullet had expressed disgust over the act and described it as appalling.
He had also promised that they would deal with the matter after the funeral scheduled for 17th March, 2018.
“It is very bad. We need to give respect to the dead. We’ll surely take up the matter after her funeral and make sure whoever took those videos is punished,” he told Sammy Flex.