“The hospital administrators are not clear on when the pathologist will resume duty. Bodies are collected from crime scenes and delivered to the mortuary where they can spend two nights in fridges without postmortem, which kills cases,” he said.
part of the Jinja regional referral hospital mortuary, file photo.
Jinja Regional Referral Hospital is releasing
several bodies to their relatives for burial without postmortem due to the
absence of a pathologist.
The hospital pathologist Dr. Godfrey Ssenyonjo
reportedly fell ill about two months ago and there is no one to fill in for
A police source told URN on condition of
anonymity that at least eight bodies have been handed over to their relatives
for burial over the past three without postmortem.
“The hospital administrators are not clear on
when the pathologist will resume duty. Bodies are collected from crime scenes
and delivered to the mortuary where they can spend two nights in fridges
without postmortem, which kills cases,” he said.
Sawuya Mutesi, a resident of Mpummude trading center reveals
that she carried her cousin’s body from Jinja Regional Referral Hospital to another
hospital for postmortem.
"It brings satisfaction to the soul when you are
given medical information showing the cause of death. So when I failed to get
it from Jinja, I rushed the body to Iganga for the sake of getting the postmortem
done," she said.
Dr. Edward Nkurunziza, the Director Jinja
Regional Referral hospital has confirmed the problem, saying even since the
pathologist fell ill getting a postmortem report from the facility has become
"He was taken ill two months ago. This
created a gap at the mortuary but we shall improvise as administrators. One of us
will be assigned the task for the meantime as we wait for the responsible
doctor to recover and resume his duties,” he said.
Adding that, “It was really alarming when a
student attached to Kampala university was last week shot dead. The body spent
a night in the fridges only to be alerted the following day how the responsible
doctor was not available. So we teamed with family members and ferried the
deceased to Iganga hospital for postmortem, which was costly and time wasting.”
Dr. James Waako, the Medical Superintendent Iganga hospital confirms
that doctors at the facility regularly perform postmortem on bodies brought in
by police from other hospitals. Postmortem alias autopsy is the
examination of a body after death with the aim of establishing the cause of
report can be vital in contentious deaths.