Health News of Saturday, 21 December 2013
The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira is proposing higher charges for persons who keep their dead for longer hours in the nation’s mortuaries.
“If the government can help us to increase the morgue fee after two weeks, it would help us because although it goes exponentially, it is not enough to deter people. You need higher charges for those who keep them in the mortuary for long,” he said.
This according to him would decongest hospital mortuaries.
Reports from the Tema General Hospital mortuary revealed that corpse are kept on tables due to the small capacity of the morgue.
Speaking to Citi News, Appiah Denkyira said the move to charge higher fees would save government the cost of buying more fridges for hospital mortuaries.
He explained that “ideally the morgue is not necessarily a place where you keep dead bodies for a long time” that is why there are private morgues.