Fam­ily blamed for body re­main­ing in ward for 10 hours

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza -

The Mig­ori Health depart­ment has said the de­lay of col­lect­ing a body from a ward in Rongo Hos­pi­tal last week was caused by rel­a­tives who were alerted late about the death.

On Fri­day, pa­tients at the hos­pi­tal said they were trau­ma­tised when the body of Kennedy Odero, 36, was left on the bed for many hours. The hos­pi­tal does not have a mor­tu­ary and there was no ve­hi­cle to col­lect the body.

“It was trau­matic as the body was on the next bed while I was try­ing to help nurse a pa­tient,” Peter Owino said.

In a state­ment to the Star, Health chief of­fi­cer Dal­mas Oyugi said Odero died at 3am and rel­a­tives did not show up un­til noon on Fri­day.

“It was largely ex­ag­ger­ated, the body was im­me­di­ately trans­ferred to Mig­ori Level 4 Hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary,” he says.

The fam­ily said they waited to have the body trans­ferred to the mor­tu­ary and at 1pm de­cided to hire a car to take the body to a pri­vate morgue at Rose­wood in Rongo town. They said they were in­formed of the death at noon.

Health ex­ec­u­tive Joseph Nyamita was un­avail­able for com­ment as his phone went an­swered.

The Health depart­ment has been crit­i­cised for poor ser­vices and lack of medicine and equip­ment.

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