Kenya’s biggest health facility, Kenyatta National Hospital (KHN), has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the public to collect unclaimed bodies in the facility’s mortuary.
KNH stated that 418 unclaimed bodies lie in its morgue, contrary to the Public Health Act, which requires bodies to be removed from mortuaries within two weeks.
The Public Health Act Cap 242 states that unclaimed bodies that have stayed in morgues beyond the said period should be disposed to mass graves after a court order is obtained.
“The 418 unclaimed bodies lying at the KNH Farewell Home from the date of admission are awaiting collection. Interested members of the public are asked to identify and collect the bodies,” read the notice dated July 20, 2021.
The increasing number of unclaimed bodies in the public mortuaries in the East African nation is alarming. Yesterday, the county government of Kisumu disposed of 61 unclaimed bodies after obtaining the court’s authority.
Kisumu director of health Fred Oluoch also revealed that they are set to dispose of 16 others should their family members fail to collect them in the next few weeks.
Residents of Nakuru in Kenya’s Rift Valley have also 21-days to collect more than 40 unclaimed bodies from County’s Public Mortuary, announced Nakuru county government©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.