Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Authourities of the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Asaba on Sunday raised the concern over the frequent deposit of corpses at its morgue by the Nigerian Police force ( NPF ) and the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) without following the due process for their disposal.
The Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Victor Osiatuma who spoke to Journalists in Asaba, confirmed that the hospital’s morgue was currently congested and as a result emitting serious offensive odours that could spell pandemic if not urgently cheecked
While accusing the agencies to have abandoned several bodies of accident victims, suspected armed bandits and Kidnappers at the morgue, Dr Osiatuma said that the local government was the appropriate authourity charged with the disposal of such bodies, adding that efforts by the hospital over the years to address the issue with the Police and FRSC had met a brick wall
He said”the NPF and FRSC bring bodies from accident, Kidnapped victims that were killed, suspected Kidnappers that were killed and even suspected armed bandits that were shot.They will just bring them, dump them outside here and walk away and we will now put them in the mogue currently choaked. This is an issue that we have been taken up with the Commissioner of Police, with the Commander of FRSC, but it has been difficult for us, if you have a dead patient, it’s the local government that buries it, The police are supposed to get a warrant of burial and give to the local government so that the bodies can be disposed of. Instead, they just bring the bodies and dump them for us here, and as I speak, I have 40 unidentified corpses waiting to be disposed of in the hospital’s morgue for over a year”
Saying that some of the bodies have been in the morgue for over a year ago, The CMD said that the Police just dump the bodies and don’t bother how they are disposed or follow up, and however appealed to the Police and FRSC authourities to be responsible in their rights as the unburied corpses were causing serious congestion at the hospital’s morgue including emitting serious offensive odours..
According to him” we have commenced the process of decongesting the morgue with placement of adverts in the media for public awareness. The local governments have been reluctant to accept the corpses for burial. After this period now, we will ask the police to give us warrant to bury before we proceed to the local government to come and dispose the corpses , what the police should have been doing. I have started the process for their disposal, the hospital is going to spend money to dispose of these bodies, and that is how we have been working every year because of all the abandoned bodies”
Meanwhile,four persons narrowly escaped death at the weekend when a Jeep vehicle with registration number AA276AS rammed into them on the dual carriage way on Emore road in Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State
Eyewitness Felix Ejiro described the scene of the accident as horrible, adding that one of the victims whose identity could not be asertained as the time of this report, was riding on his ladies motor bike when the vehicle rammed into him and landed on broken windscreen, while the three others were almost crushed to death in the same way.
But the owner of the vehicle ( name withheld) fled the scene and abandoned his vehicle when angry mob moved into the scene, while the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya confirmed the incident, saying that the Police on the trail of the owner of the vehicle
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