Kenyans have been given a week to identify and collect roughly 70 unclaimed bodies lying at three mortuaries in the city after which they will be interred by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.
In a public notice today, NMS Health Director Dr Fredrick Oluga said 57 bodies are at the City Mortuary, 11 at the Mama Lucy Funeral Home and two at Mbagathi Hospital Funeral home.
“Pursuant to Public Health Ac Cap 242 (Subsidiary Legislation Public Health Mortuaries Rules, 1991), interested members of the public are asked to identify and collect the named bodies within seven days, failure to which the Nairobi Metropolitan Services will seek authority for disposal,” reads part of the notice.
The Public Health Act says unclaimed body should be removed from a mortuary within two weeks or else disposed of after officers obtain a court’s permission.
At City Mortuary, 44 bodies were unknown with 13 having been identified and their names published, while 30 bodies had been at the morgue since last November, while the rest were cases from this year.
At Mama Lucy Funeral Home, all the 11 bodies were male with the youngest aged 25 with the oldest 48 years.
At Mbagathi, the unclaimed bodies were of a 40-year-old male and 86 year old female.
Public health facilities have been expressing concern over the increasing number of unclaimed bodies across different health facilities in Nairobi.
The notice comes a week after the public was urged to identify and collect 418 unclaimed bodies lying at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), failure to which they will be interred by the government.
Kisumu County was the first to dispose bodies in a mass burial, after it’s government disposed of 61 bodies that had been lying in the county’s various mortuaries.
Within the same period Nakuru County issued a 21-day notice to members of the public to collect 46 unclaimed bodies lying at the devolved unit’s mortuary.
Last year, in just five months, City Mortuary and Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary disposed of over 1,500 unclaimed bodies.