Mbarara Hospital Mortuary Closed after System Breakdown

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The Public Relations Officer of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Denis Lukaya, says the decision followed a series of complaints from workers, students and the community about the irrepressible smell from the facility.

Mbarara University of Science and Technology has closed down the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary following the breakdown of its refrigeration system.

The Dean of the university's Faculty of Medicine Prof. Samuel Maling says they can no longer contain the foul smell emanating from decomposing bodies that are unclaimed from the mortuary. Most of the unclaimed bodies are dumped at the facility by Police.

Prof. Maling adds that leaving the mortuary open poses a serious health hazard to staff, the student population and communities surrounding the university. The mortuary is housed on the same building with a number of lecture rooms and other university offices.

A letter dated 8th February 2016, addressed to the Rwizi Region Police Commander Hillary Kulaigye advised police to stop abandoning decomposing bodies at the mortuary.

Prof. Maling blamed the breakdown of the refrigeration system on an increase in the number of bodies from outside the university hospital. Mbarara Municipal Council does not have its own city mortuary, a result of which all bodies from the municipality are deposited at the university hospital. 

He says that the refrigeration system in the mortuary needs to be repaired before such bodies can be accepted.

The Public Relations Officer of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Denis Lukaya, says the decision followed a series of complaints from workers, students and the community about the irrepressible smell from the facility.

The Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Department at Mbarara Central Police station Taban Chiriga confirms that the university notified them about the closure of the facility. He hastens to add that the development is disturbing because the university mortuary is the only such facility available in the district.

He says currently they are stuck with four bodies.