A national hospital in Kenya has notified citizens that it will get rid of more than 200 dead bodies that haven’t been claimed in a long period of time. The unclaimed bodies will be disposed of within a period of seven days.
In a national newspaper on Tuesday, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) claimed that they will dispose of 203 bodies that have been in the farewell home for a longer period if the families don’t claim the bodies of their loved ones.
KNH, through the gazette, went ahead to note that they will seek permission from the court in order to proceed with the act, thus giving Kenyans only seven days to get to the mortuary to claim the bodies of their departed.
According to an inner source, the highest number of unclaimed bodies are children, whose demises are caused by a high number of abortions, stillbirths, the abandonment of kids after birth by their parents, and even miscarriages.
The source claims that most of the abandonment of young innocent souls by their parents in the facility is usually caused by financial shortages, stress, and depression. In 2022, KNH had to dispose of 233 unclaimed bodies through the legal process in order to create more space in the morgue for smooth services.
According to the Kenyan constitution’s Public Health Act, bodies of the deceased should only last for two weeks in the morgue, and if unclaimed, they should be disposed of from the farewell home.
The disposed-of bodies are usually given a mass burial if and only if the court rules on their disposal and burial. The Kenyan government created a national cemetery known as Langata, where such occasions are usually carried out by approved public officers from the facility of public health.
Langata Cemetery has always been a home for so many homeless individuals who pass away and whose backgrounds are unknown. It has not only served the homeless but also foreigners and local citizens who do not have the facilities to fly or transport their loved ones to their various villages.
The locals are therefore advised to visit KNH Farewell Home in order to identify the bodies of their loved ones in the next seven days before they get disposed of.
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