RIP on a gravesite
RIP on a gravesite

For the last 6 months, twenty unclaimed bodies have been lying in the mortuary in Naivasha.

No one has come forward to claim them during that period.

The bodies, the majority of which were collected by police, were disposed-off in Longonot public cemetery in an exercise supervised by officers from the department of public health.

This came as the hospital management decried the rising numbers of bodies collected by police either from accident scenes or dumped along the major roads.

This is the second time that the hospital is disposing of bodies this year with the majority of those buried being men.

According to the superintendent in charge of Naivasha County Referral Hospital, Dr Angeline Ithondeka, services at the hospital’s mortuary were overstretched due to the rising cases of bodies.

She noted that it was becoming expensive every year to dispose of the bodies, adding that they had followed all the legal processes before the exercise was carried out.

“We have disposed of twenty bodies at the public cemetery in Longonot and we are concerned by the high number of bodies collected by police and left unclaimed in our mortuary,” she said.

She noted that this was straining their budget and services as the current mortuary had a capacity of 25 bodies and served nearby counties of Nyandarua, Narok and even parts of Kiambu.

“This mortuary serves parts of the Nairobi-Nakuru highway but we are glad that the county government is building a bigger one within the hospital,” she said on Monday.

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