Current State of Public Cemeteries in Rivers State, Nigeria


  • Kingsley Enyinnah Douglas Department of Community Medicine, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt



Public Cemetery, Management, Health Issue, Rivers State, Nigeria


Cemeteries or 'sleeping places' are where bodies or cremated remains are buried. Dead bodies are essentially 'wastes' and their improper disposal in the form of burial may come with health implications. This is particularly apt in Nigeria and indeed Rivers State where unsupervised burials are carried out in homes (houses), compounds and community-based cemeteries. A walk through survey of five functional public cemeteries in Rivers State appraised their current state and their possible health implications. This on-the-spot site visit revealed infrastructural, operational and maintenance challenges which have further stressed the need for better managed public cemeteries and more objective studies on the subject.




How to Cite

Douglas, K. E. (2015). Current State of Public Cemeteries in Rivers State, Nigeria. The Nigerian Health Journal, 13(1), 58.

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