There was pandemonium at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre yesterday when junior workers dumped their colleague’s corpse at the reception of the administration block.
The deceased, identified as Flora Kanzingeni, a resident of Chilobwe Township in Blantyre, died Tuesday night due to blood pressure (BP) having worked the whole day.
She was working as a hospital attendant and had served the health facility for over 30 years, a workmate said.
However, the bone of contention, according to workmates who spoke to The Nation at the scene, was the decision by management to provide a one-tonne ambulance to ferry the body to the deceased’s home village in Thambani, Mwanza.
The decision irked disgruntled workmates and some bereaved family members, who demanded a bigger vehicle.
When The Nation visited the scene, more than 200 sympathisers had gathered outside the administration block with others hurling insults at hospital management.
“This person has worked here for more than 30 years and it is an insult of the highest order to provide this small ambulance which can carry only five people,” bemoaned one workmate who refused to be named.
The bereaved family members refused to grant The Nation an interview. They said they had nothing to say, as they were mourning the death of their mother.
QECH chief administrator Themba Mhango was reportedly out of the office and could not be reached on his mobile phones when The Nation sought his views.