An official at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital told URN on condition of anonymity that there are often between 3 to 4 unclaimed bodies at the facility each month. Dr. David Tibwamanya, the Principal Administrator Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, says that always hand such bodies to Gulu City Council after waiting for their relatives to claim them in vain.
The ban follows complaints from the hospital administration over the increasing burden of corpses from neighboring Omoro, Nwoya and Amuru districts, sometimes South Sudan dumped at the facility after being brought for postmortem
Ocen claims that one time the residents had to endure five days of a persistent unpleasant smell of unclaimed dead bodies. When the smell becomes overpowering, Ocen says it is impossible eat a meal or sleep.
The looming strike stems from the failure of local authorities to bury three unclaimed bodies of accident victims that were taken to the hospital last Wednesday. The three unclaimed bodies were taken to the hospital by the Police.