News 2008


Order issued against mass grave burials

Daily Nation


15. 02. 2008

Unclaimed bodies of post-election violence victims should not be buried in mass graves, the Director of Medical Services, Dr James Nyikal ordered Thursday.

The bodies should be buried in individual well marked graves in case a matter arises in future that might need reference, he said.

Dr Nyikal said councils should not charge relatives of violence victims hospital, public mortuary and grave fees.

He was speaking at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital after visiting Naivasha District Hospital and hundreds of displaced people in several camps.

Unclaimed bodies

Provincial hospital medical superintendent George Mugenya told Dr Nyikal that there were nine unclaimed bodies at the mortuary. He noted that the hospital would have to pay the council for the disposal of the bodies.

Dr Mugenya said the hospital was adversely affected by the post-election violence, with the revenue collected through cost-sharing going down by half.

In January, the hospital collected Sh3.9 million down from the usual monthly collection of Sh7.9 million, he said.

Dr Mugenya added that the decline was due to waivers given to all post-election victims treated at the hospital.

About 400 such victims were treated at the hospital, with 197 being admitted in critical condition he said.