The Police Hospital is set to perform a mass burial on Monday, May 22, 2023, in an effort to alleviate congestion in its morgue, according to a reliable source at the hospital.
Concerns were raised about public health after the fridges in the hospital's morgue were shut down, causing a strong stench that permeated the hospital and its surroundings.
The source revealed to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the fridges were turned off to allow for the defrosting process, making it easier to retrieve the bodies for preparation ahead of the mass burial.
Due to decomposition, some of the bodies had begun to emit an unpleasant odour within the hospital.
The source stated that the situation could have been avoided if the hospital had sufficient resources, including formalin for body preservation, and larger storage capacity for an extended period.
A senior official at the hospital previously attributed the foul smell from the morgue to a significant number of unidentified bodies and some malfunctioning fridges.
This situation has persisted for approximately one month.
When the GNA and other visitors went to the lab on Wednesday morning, they were turned away by an officer.
The officer explained that the lab was closed because the offensive odour from the morgue posed a health risk to staff and patients.
Observations made by the GNA revealed that individuals who were aware of the situation wore nose masks, while others covered their noses with their hands as they hurriedly left the area.
The deceased individuals kept at the Police Hospital morgue consist of paupers, unknown former patients, abandoned bodies, and victims of unidentified accidents and crimes.
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