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Patients Abandon Hospital Ward Over Unclaimed Body

The decomposing body is of an unidentified suspected thief who was lynched by the mob in Lyantonde on Saturday last week and his body abandoned at the hospital mortuary. Up to now, it has not been collected for burial.
Several patients and their caregivers at Lyantonde Hospital have abandoned the children’s ward due to the foul stench oozing out from a decomposing body in the mortuary.

 

The decomposing body is of an unidentified suspected thief who was lynched by the mob in Lyantonde on Saturday last week and his body abandoned at the hospital mortuary. Up to now, it has not been collected for burial.

 

The hospital mortuary is located near the children’s ward and the stench comes direct into the ward posing health risk to both patients and hospital staff.

 

According to Dr. Okoth Obo, the Lyantonde District Health Officer, patients have complained since Sunday about the foul stench from the mortuary.

 

Obo further confirmed the situation saying that the foul stench has prompted most of the caretakers to evacuate the patients outside the ward while others decided to go back home.

 

He explains that the mortuary is usually congested by unclaimed bodies that are usually abandoned at the hospital by police without tracing their next of kin.

 

He further explains that the hospital administration has always appealed to the Lyantonde Town Council authorities to expand the mortuary with enough man power and facilities but nothing has been done about it.

 

Due to limited space at the facility, Obo says the administration had proposed to reject all dead bodies coming from outside except those who die within the hospital, but it is still very difficult.

 

Rose Namuata, a caretaker of a 5-year-old by suffering from severe malaria says the boy was admitted last week. She is forced to go out of the ward a few yards for fresh air adding that she rarely eats food due to the stench.

 

She adds that even health workers who would attend to them regularly are driven away by the foul stench which has left them stuck.

 

Baziwane Kanwagi, the area journalist of CBS says he inspected the mortuary on Tuesday and found out the body including that of a suspected thief, who lynched on Saturday last week, was still lying in the mortuary and had started decomposing.

 

He explains that he had gone to visit a friend in hospital when the foul smell attracted his attention.

 

One of the female hospital staff who preferred anonymity to protect her job said that she has dodged working in the children’s ward since Sunday due to the stench.

 

Fred Muhangi, the LC5 Chairman for Lyantonde also confirmed the poor state of the mortuary.

 

Muhangi who has been pushing for a new mortuary since last year advised the Town Clerk Martin Rogers Ssentongo to take extra measures to solve the situation.

 

He explains that  those resident near the hospital could be at risk of catching diseases. 

When contacted, Martin Rogers Sentongo, the Lyantonde Town clerk said they are aware of the problem but hospital administration should improvise so as to solve the problem.

 

He adds that the town council is not responsible for all the bodies as the hospital administration claims.

 

He explains that they usually assist the hospital to bury unclaimed bodies but this time the council treasury is over constrained and there is no money to bury the body.

 

Efforts to contact Dr. Julius Mwanjini, the Lyantonde Hospital Administrator failed due to the fact that his phone was off.

 

Meanwhile, the body has not been removed up to now.

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