380 dead bodies abandoned in Anambra mortuaries

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BY ENYIM ENYIM

A total of 380 unclaimed dead bodies have been abandoned in mortuaries in Anambra State since 2006.
A break-down of the corpses showed that most of them were victims of religious crisis in the Northern parts of Nigeria, accidents and those killed by armed robbers.

To this end, mortuary owners in the state have raised alarm over possible out-break of epidemic in towns, such as Awka, Onitsha and Ihiala respectively.
They contended that government had abdicated its social responsibilities of giving the corpses befitting burial, adding that it would be improper for the out-going administration to hand over the unclaimed and unidentified dead bodies.

At Amaku General Hospital mortuary, Awka, scores of dead bodies were found stock-piled in their numbers and same is the case at Onitsha General Hospital and Regina-Callie Hospital in Awka, the state capital.
Speaking with reporters in Awka, yesterday, one of the owners, Chief Frank Igboka, lamented that government had been unfair to the corpses.
He added that  the state government should expedite action in disposing the bodies before handing over power to Willie Obiano.

 

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