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Friday, May 20, 2022

As cold room suffers breakdown…

Connaught Mortuary stinks

By Alusine Sesay

Scores of dead bodies have been left unattended to and allowed to rot, thereby emitting a putrid smell around the Connaught Mortuary and its immediate environs, forcing passers-by to protect their noses from the stench directly coming from the mortuary of the biggest referral hospital in the country.

According to a junior worker at the hospital who refused to disclose his name to Concord Times, the refrigerators at the morgue broke down last week and remained unfixed even though health authorities at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation have been informed about the situation.

All effort by this reporter to speak with the hospital’s manager, Dr. T.B. Kamara, was futile as his secretary was in an uncompromising mood to say the whereabouts of the medico or make available his phone number.

Bereaved family members of dozens of corpses at the morgue yesterday expressed disappointment at the state of affairs, as many complained that their late relatives appeared disfigured with some bodies going bad and left on the floor.

According to Simeon Yankuba, the corpse of a Nigerian national he took to the mortuary with the hope of it being preserved to be flown out of the country has been disfigured and produces an offensive smell.

“We paid huge sum of money to the mortuary but the late man’s remains had been left to rot with no care taken by the authorities concerned,” he said. “This is too bad for Sierra Leone and the President should know about it.”

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