Unclaimed Bodies Worry Administrators at Luwero Hospital

Administrators at Luwero hospital are concerned about the increasing number of unclaimed bodies dropped at the facility.

At least 12 bodies have been unclaimed over the last three months and all these were later buried at Luwero town cemetery, according to a report by Luwero Hospital. The latest case involved an elderly woman whose body was dumped in Kavule zone near the Kasana playground.

Wilson Mukiibi, the area Chairman says that the deceased was discovered by residents on Tuesday last week and later transferred by the Police to the hospital mortuary as they conduct investigations into her death. Mukiibi says that the body was found with wounds on the head which are believed to have been inflicted by a sharp object.

The dead body was buried over the weekend after four days without anybody claiming it. Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson Patrick Lule says that to date the identities of the woman remain unknown even though a case file was opened to investigate the alleged murder.

Robert Lukenge, the Administrator of Luwero hospital says that the hospital is incurring unplanned costs to facilitate teams to transport and bury the unclaimed bodies at Luwero Town Cemetery.

“At least 12 dead bodies are unclaimed and we need to bury them because we don’t have a mortuary refrigerator to keep them longer. The hospital mortuary is intended to keep bodies from our facility but it accommodates several others brought in by Police,’’ Lukenge said.

The hospital has since appealed to the Luwero District Council to plan for the burial of the unclaimed bodies at a public cemetery. Luwero district Chairman Erastus Kibirango says that the council will debate the matter in the next sitting.

Recently, Nakaseke district leaders also expressed concern over a number of unclaimed bodies at Nakaseke hospital. This followed reports that at least three bodies from the sub-counties of Kinyogogga, Kinoni, and Ngoma sub-counties are dropped at Nakaseke Hospital Mortuary per week which impacts their budget.

Ntumwa Matovu, a senior administrator at Nakaseke Hospital said that the unclaimed bodies brought to the hospital include those knocked down by vehicles or murdered.  He says that the hospital spends at least 70,000 Shillings to bury each body which eats into the hospital’s meagre budget.

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