Monday, 17 March 2014

Boko Haram: Maiduguri Mortuaries Are Full, While Evacuation And Burial Of Corpses Is Halted




Many dead bodies were dumped in front of mortuaries in hospitals in the capital city of Borno State, Maiduguri, as the number of killed in Friday’s and Saturday’s Boko Haram attacks is overwhelming.

According to DailyTrust, about 500 corpses, mostly of dead insurgents, were brought to the mortuaries at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and the State Specialists Hospital. However, their facilities were full, as hospitals could not provide space for bodies evacuated from the streets by health workers.
Therefore, dozens of unclaimed bodies, allegedly of Boko Haram members, were placed in front of mortuaries. While most of civilian casualties have been buried by their families and friends on Friday and on Saturday.

However, urgent steps must be done as the bodies started decomposing intensively. The odour is horrible, but even worse is the possibility of epidemics break out, which may endanger the lives of patients in the
hospital and those living close to it.

However, the immediate evacuation of corpses was halted because the clearance from security forces, ministry of health and other stakeholders is being awaited.
“We cannot bury the unclaimed bodies without clear approval from those that matter,” an officer told the newsmen on conditions of anonymity. 
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