Some patients have cried out after they were forced to sleep beside a dead person in a hospital.
The patients of a hospital in Rongo sub-county, in Kenya, had what was probably the worst experience in their lives, after they were forced to sleep beside a corpse for over 8 hours.
According to them, a patient who was brought in earlier, had died around 12:00am but his corpse wasn't moved to the mortuary till 4:00pm the next day, after attempts to reach his relatives failed.
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One of the patients who spent the night beside the corpse said:
“We were not at ease in this room where the person died. My cousin was visibly shaken and traumatized because the body was in the bed immediately next to his.”
A man identified as Peter Owino, who is related to one of the patients, said the hospital's excuse was that there weren't enough mortuaries in the area.
The hospital's Medical Officer Mwatelah, said:
“We always release bodies to any mortuary when there are family members involved. The ministry is yet to create a room in the hospital where we can store the dead so as to prevent fear and trauma for those still being treated."
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