Family blamed for body remaining in ward for 10 hours
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.