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Papua New Guinea’s main hospital is calling on people to claim the bodies of their relatives from the hospital’s overburdened morgue.
The director of medical services at Port Moresby General Hospital says a mass burial due to be conducted soon will be the second or third this year.
Dr David Mokela says the morgue can only hold 60 bodies but it is always full and additional corpses are stored in a refrigerated container.
He says most of the bodies about to be buried belong to people who died of infections such as HIV or AIDS and all of them have been in the morgue for over a month.
“People should come forward and claim the bodies and do the burial but we have no options so we have to do that, bear the cost of that. But normally in a PNG custom, relatives are decently buried at home. But for some reason in the last five years we are seeing more and more people who are sort of neglected type of person.”Dr David Mokela says someone should research why bodies are not collected.
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