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Police Hospital plans mass burial for 250 corpses

BY: Esther Lamiokor Mills
Police Hospital to bury 250 unclaimed bodies
Police Hospital to bury 250 unclaimed bodies

The Police Hospital has planned a mass burial for some 250 unidentified and unclaimed bodies as part of a routine measure to decongest the hospital's mortuary.

Before that exercise, the police has urged the public to contact the Pathology Department of the hospital for identification of persons who may not have been seen for some time.

This, the police say will help avert a situation whereby such bodies are added to those earmarked for mass burial.

A statement dated June 15, 2022,  signed by the head of Public Affairs of the hospital, Superintendent Yaw Nketia-Yeboah said these unidentified and unclaimed "dead bodies are made up of mostly paupers, unknown former patients, abandoned dead bodies, unidentified accident and crime victims."

Also, he advised and encouraged people to keep their identity cards or that of any organisation on them to help the Police and others to easily identify them whenever they are in any health crises or involved in an accident.

Below is a copy of the press statement:

June 15, 2022

MASS BURIAL OF UNIDENTIFIED DEAD BODIES

The Ghana Police Hospital will embark on a mass burial for Two Hundred and Fifty (250) unidentified and unclaimed bodies as part of routine measures to decongest the hospital mortuary.

These unidentified and unclaimed dead bodies are made up of mostly paupers, unknown former patients, abandoned dead bodies, unidentified accident and crime victims.

The general public is hereby being informed to contact the Pathology Department of the Ghana Police Hospital for identification of the persons who might have not been seen for some time. This is to avert a situation whereby such bodies are added to those earmarked for mass burial.

Members of the general public are also hereby encouraged to acquire the habit of always having their National Identification Cards or that of any organisation on them to help Police and others easily identify them whenever they are in any health crises or involved in an accident.