Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) mortuary at Malawi’s major referral hospital has been shut down after three of its coldrooms have broken down.
The mortuary which has four coldrooms is left with only one coldroom in working condition. This situation has resulted in dead bodies piling up on the hospital and consequently leading to suspension of services at the morgue.
Our reporter this morning witnessed hospital staff removing decomposed corpses from the mortuary floors.
She says the mortuary is full since the other three cold rooms are broken down including the one which police uses to store corpses of unidentified persons.
There was outrage on the social media directed at government when Malawi Nation broke the story this morning with one reader Mwai Chikokeni saying: “Last wik wesday tinali komweko koma fungo loipa limene limatuluka m’menepo mmmmmmm even anthu amene amagwira ntchito kumene kuja sali kuntchito ai chosecho asisi ali bizy kugawa zingwe zokokera mbuzi shaaaaaaa! [Last week on Wednesday I was there but the stench of dead bodies was unbearable, the working conditions of those manning the mortuary is inhuamane yet our sister is busy distributing goats]“
While Anderson Chimkwita on Malawi Nation Facebook page wrote: “Why cant she spend part of her daily allowances to maintain this mortuary.”
KCH is one of Malawi’s public health facilities facing acute shortage of essential drugs. Recently the hospital was rocked by staff strikes.