Police, Lira Hospital Clash Over Unclaimed Bodies

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David Ongom Mudong, the North Kioga Police spokesperson, says law empowers police to subject all bodies to postmortem, adding that since they dont have facilities, they end up taking the bodies to Lira Regional Referral Hospital.

Lira Regional Referral Hospital is up in arms against Police for dumping unclaimed bodies in the hospital mortuary without following due procedure. Michael Odur, the Principal Administrator Lira Regional Referral Hospital, says police often dumps unclaimed bodies in the hospital mortuary without clearance from the management.
 
According to Odur, they are currently stuck with more than 5 decomposing bodies dumped by the police. He says the neighboring community comprising mostly food vendors and nursing students are threatening legal action against the hospital because of the unbearable stench from the corpses.
 
 
He says the situation is worsened by the fact that the mortuary at the hospital, which lacks freezers, has the capacity of handling nine bodies. Odur says their persistent reminders to police to liaise with Lira municipal authorities to bury unclaimed bodies haven't yielded results.
 
 
David Ongom Mudong, the North Kioga Police spokesperson, says law empowers police to subject all bodies to postmortem, adding that since they don't have facilities, they end up taking the bodies to Lira Regional Referral Hospital. 


According to Ongom, the responsibility of keeping and burying unclaimed bodies lies squarely with the hospital and Lira municipality.