The Ministry of Health has urged Gulu Municipality to construct mortuaries, hours after a dead body was dumped at the Gate of Gulu Referral Hospital by Police.
“The incident is very unfortunate,” said the Health Ministry publicist Emmanuel Ainebyoona on Saturday night.
“The responsibility of burying unclaimed bodies lies in the hands of the Municipal authorities,” he emphasised.
Angry residents on Saturday morning forced Police in Gulu to collect the dead body which had started attracting flies.
Aswa Regional Police Public Relations Officer Jimmy Patrick Okema said the law enforcement body does not have a burial ground and usually relies on the mortuary of Gulu Regional referral Hospital.
Okema said police contacted the Hospital Administrator who said the mortuary was currently out of use.
ChimpReports understands the refrigerators at Gulu Regional referral Hospital Mortuary are not functioning.
Ainebyoona said the Ministry regrets “that the fridges at the mortuary are due for repair and servicing thus not enough to preserve the bodies.”
He added: “Working with the hospital, we are going to fix the fridges. However, the hospital mortuary should not be turned into a dumping site for bodies from even outside the district.”
The Ministry appealed to Gulu Municipal authorities to construct a mortuary to keep unclaimed bodies.
“The mortuary is meant for patients who die within the hospital and those who die as a result of accidents,” said Ainebyoona.
“We are also informed that the two unclaimed bodies and the one left at the hospital by Police from Amuru have been taken for burial.”