Hospital plans mass burial for abandoned corpse in Delta

A Central Hospital in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State has lamented the increasing congestion of its mortuary caused by abandoned corpses.

The hospital’s management said it was already making plans to conduct mass burial for over 300 abandoned corpses.

It also appealed to the state government to consider the establishment of a state-of-the-art mortuary at the hospital.

The Zonal Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Roy Maduka, disclosed this on Saturday in Agbor, while playing host to the leadership of the state’s hospital management board led by its Chairman, Dr Austin Obidi.

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Maduka noted that the mortuary, which was originally designed to accommodate less than 60 bodies at a time, was battling with an excess of 600 corpses in the small space.

He said, “The mortuary is old and relies on embalmment of bodies. The building was constructed to take about 50 to 60 bodies at a time. Currently, we have over 600 corpses in the small space. Over half of the bodies are unknown and abandoned corpses.

“We are currently making plans to conduct mass burial for the unknown corpses in the mortuary. Plans are also being made to build a holding place for the abandoned corpses for a period of time before mass burial can be conducted.

“With the current constant power supply following the acquisition and installation of a 33kva transformer at the hospital by the state, it will be highly appreciated if the state government could build a modern mortuary for the hospital.”

This, according to Maduka, will help in going beyond the current practice of just embalmment of dead bodies deposited in the mortuary.