The Ghana Police Hospital has announced that it will soon organise a mass burial service for some 250 unidentified and unclaimed bodies.
This, the hospital said, is part of routine measures to decongest the hospital mortuary.
The hospital’s Public Affairs Director, Superintendant Yaw Nketia-Yeboah, in a statement, said the “dead bodies are made up of mostly paupers, unknown former patients, abandoned dead bodies, unidentified accident, and crime victims.”
Before the exercise, the police are urging the public to contact the Pathology Department of the hospital to identify persons who may not have been seen for some time.
Also, the hospital advised and encouraged people to keep their identity cards or that of any organisation on them to help the police and others to easily identify them whenever they are in any health crisis or involved in an accident.
Authorities at the hospital have for years been issuing warnings about mass burials if relatives of the dead in its morgue fail to come for them.
On 5 July 2021, the police hospital announced that it would hold a mass burial for 200 unidentified bodies at the morgue of the facility.
On 16 November 2019, the Police Hospital warned that it was set to carry out a mass burial for 120 unknown and unclaimed bodies, which had been in the mortuary since August 2019.
They included unidentified victims of road accidents, paupers, abandoned bodies, crime victims, and unknown patients.
On 21 November 2018, the Police Hospital administration announced that 150 unknown and unclaimed bodies in the hospital’s morgue would be given mass burial in December.
The exercise, the hospital said, formed part of routine measures to decongest the Police Hospital mortuary.
On 25 April 2018, the Police Hospital Administration warned that it would embark on a mass burial for about 120 unknown and unclaimed bodies.
On 11 November 2017, the Police Hospital announced a mass burial for some 120 bodies.