A mass burial is scheduled to be performed for 233 unclaimed bodies that have been lingering in the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) mortuary in Nairobi for the past four months.
The hospital reports that 217 youngsters and 16 adults are among the unclaimed bodies.
Evanson Kamuri, the chief executive officer of the biggest referral hospital in East and Central Africa, claims that the clinic is looking to expand its packed mortuary.
In order for the families to gather the bodies in time for the mass burial, Dr. Kamuri has already made a list of the names of the deceased available.
A list of the names, according to him, is available at the KNH Farewell Home and online at the organization’s website.
The Nairobi County Government removed 236 unclaimed dead remains that were kept in municipal morgues before making its declaration, which was made a little more than a month ago.
The county reported 218 unclaimed bodies at the Nairobi City Mortuary and 18 more at the Mama Lucy Hospital Mortuary in a notice from September.
The causes of death included, among others, traffic accidents, homicide, drowning, shootings, natural causes such as sudden death and mob injustice.
Between March 2021 and March 2022, the bodies were brought into the morgues after being recorded at various police stations.
An unclaimed body must be removed from a morgue within two weeks as per the Public Health Act.
However, if public officials have obtained approval from a court, it should be interred in a mass grave.