A total of 15 unknown and unclaimed bodies at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH) mortuary are set to be disposed of following an order issued by a Kisii court Tuesday.
Senior Principal Magistrate Carolyne Ocharo granted the application, which had been filed by the health facility’s Chief Executive Officer through the Senior Public Health Officer in charge of Sanitation, Thomas Makworo, under a certificate of urgency.
According to the application, the bodies were brought in from the hospital’s wards and six police stations within the county between September 2020 and December 2021.
Prior to filing the application, KTRH had released a public statement saying the bodies had caused congestion and nuisance contrary to Rule 3 of the Public Health Act Cap. 242 of the Laws of Kenya.
The facility noted the bodies posed a danger to public health and urged the relatives of the known persons to collect the remains immediately, before they are disposed of at the Kisii county government cemetery.
Out of the 15 bodies at the morgue, 12 were unidentified while three others removed from the wards belonged to Philip Machuka Ondego, Elijah Omboto and Shadrack Omari.