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Unclaimed borders on the rise in Kisumu

17 April 2012, 12:11 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu District Hospital Mortuary Superintendent, Mr. Richard Moracha, has raised the red flag over the increase of unclaimed bodies at the facility’s mortuary.

The mortuary superintendent says that the facility has witnessed a surge in the number of unclaimed bodies from June last year, pointing out that they were forced to dispose a total of 17 bodies between June and December last year.

Mr. Moracha disclosed that currently the facility has over 15 bodies which have been preserved for over 10 weeks now and face the prospects of being declared unclaimed in the next 2 weeks.

“Currently there are no unclaimed bodies, but 15 of those which have been preserved for more that 2 months will be disposed after the elapse of a 14 day notice as stated by the law”, he remarked

He added that 60% of the unclaimed bodies are those of infants who were either delivered dead in hospital or who died while undergoing medication at the facility and the mothers vanished.

Mr. Moracha is now urging members of the public give their dead relatives a timely send-off and ease congestion at the district facility.

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