THE mortuary at the Modilon General Hospital in Madang has been decommissioned and the public needs to be responsible for their dead, chief executive officer Christine Gawi said.
“The morgue has a problem with the compressor and someone is working on it,” Gawi said.
“But once it’s fixed, it doesn’t have the capacity.
“We will need additional cabinet or space for the mortuary,” she said.
She said the hospital was using a cold storage container, which could hold up to 45 bodies.
Accidents and emergency medical officer Dr Vincent Atua said bodies had been left in the morgue for too long.
“It is unfair to dump your dead and walk away with no care,” Atua said.
“The hospital bears the cost of the burial.”
He said bodies left at the hospital for too long often posed a health risk to workers.
“Bodies have been kept at the hospital for up to six months and tend to occupy space as well.”
Gawi said Modilon would soon have a mortuary policy for the hospital to keep bodies only up to three months.
Last month, Modilon buried eight unclaimed bodies at 4-Mile, outside Madang, after 12 months.
Gawi praised PNG Power Ltd, saying it was supportive of the hospital.
“We have no problem. PNG Power makes sure that there was load shedding to the hospital.”
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