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Delta hospital raises alarm over unclaimed bodies


WORRIED by the possible outbreak of epidemic, the management of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, has raised the alarm over the health hazard which unclaimed corpses in the mortuary could cause to the people.

   The Public Relations Officer of the facility, Mr. Ogbogu Nnamdi, said yesterday in Asaba that the trend had become worrisome to the management and residents of the city.

   Nnamdi said that so many corpses were at the hospital’s morgue without identification, warning that they would be buried in a mass grave if the relations did not come to collect them soon.

  The spokesman advised those whose relations were missing to visit the hospital morgue to inspect the corpses, and possibly collect them if any are their relations for burial. 

  He said the management condemned the manner in which relations and depositors of the corpses dump and abandon them, saying it was an unhealthy phenomenon for relations to abandon the responsibility of catering for their loved ones.

   Nnamdi said relatives are requested to come and identify and claim the corpses within one week, maintaining that corpses not collected within the stipulated period would be given mass burial.

   He said: “The corpses have overstayed and their abandonment constitutes nuisance to the hospital. Not that there is no space in the mortuary but we want to decongest the place the usual way we do it. These corpses have not been claimed by their owners within the past one year. Those whose relations have been declared missing are equally advised to visit the hospital mortuary to identify the corpses if their relations are there for collection.”

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