Management of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has said that the hospital will take drastic measures at decongesting the over 800 corpses abandoned in the hospital’s morgue within a stipulated time.
Speaking to a TPCN correspondent, the Public Relations Officer of the teaching hospital, Mr. Kem, said that the press statement by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital on Monday is solely to sensitize and inform the public and those involved into taking action.
He said that some of the corpses have been domiciled at the hospital for four years with no one coming to claim them.
Mr. Kem, said that it is obvious that some of the corpses might be victims of hit and run, those of mad persons who died on the streets and those of criminals brought by the police or of unknown persons.
He, however, maintained that some families abandoned some of their dead relatives due to financial constraint but maintained that the decongestion policy of the hospital will be in their favour as they will not be mandated to pay for the services.
He said that the hospital will carry out mass burial of the corpses if families fail to claim their dead relatives within the stipulated time frame of two months.
Mr. Kem also said that the hospital is taking adequate measures to prevent a future occurrence.
He expressed optimism, saying that they are hopeful that families will comply within the stipulated timeframe.