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Morgue to dispose off unclaimed bodies

03 November 2015, 15:51 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga Hospital mortuary will dispose off eight bodies that have been unclaimed in the past year at the facility.

The hospital has issued a notice of 30 days after which it will acquire affidavits to dispose off the bodies in a public cemetery.

"We wish to inform the public that a number of bodies have been lying at the hospital mortuary for a long period of time and nobody has come to claim any of them," reads a notice from the hospital's public health office.

Last year the mortuary disposed off 13 bodies while in 2012, 11 bodies that had been lying at the mortuary in the period between June 2011 and January 2012 were disposed at the Kakamega public cemetery.

The bodies that are set to be disposed off have been in the county mortuary for more than a year without the anyone claiming them prompting the public officer in the facility to take action.

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County Public health officer, Dr Patrick Lutta said that the application was made in line with a legal requirement that a process of disposal shall be commenced for unclaimed bodies in excess of three months.

"The bodies have been lying at the mortuary for over six months and thus we feel that we have to dispose them off," he said.

Most of the bodies brought into the mortuary by police and which go unclaimed are from scenes of crimes such as road accidents, suicides, drowning and abandonment of infants.

Dr Lutta said that there was need for the County to have its own cemetery because they always have to pay space to bury the unclaimed bodies in other counties.

"The former municipal councils used to pay before bodies were interred at Kakamega. And there have been plans to have a cemetery in the County for many years without actualising the plan," he said.

The County has no public cemetery and has to rely on other neighbouring counties for the services, with the only cemetery at Manyatta, which is in close proximity to the County headquarters, being privately owned by the Muslims.

The County government set in place some money for the establishment of a public cemetery, but the land has not so far been purchased.

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