A bizarre incident occurred at the Community 9 Cemetery in Tema, Ghana on Saturday when mortuary attendants through a hospital disrupted a burial by seizing a corpse over a balance of Sh1,000 (GH¢40) in which the bereaved family owed the undertakers.
A man who works in a mortuary at the Tema General Hospital stormed the burial ground to seize a dead body over the amount.
The staff of the morgue was said to have been hired by relatives of the deceased person to clean the corpse for an agreed fee of Sh3000 (GH¢150).
However, after rendering his private service outside the hospital duties to members of the family, they were said to have refused to pay the agreed balance nevertheless sneakily took the body away while the mortuary man was busy working on another corpse.
The mortuary attendant, inside company of his friend, a private undertaker at the hospital, shocked mourners who had gathered at the cemetery to bury their dead when they suddenly stormed the graveyard as well as seized the coffin, opened in which, took out the dressed corpse as well as started off heading back to the mortuary, after some relatives dared them to take the corpse away.
The conduct of the mortuary attendants shocked mourners who had gathered at the graveside to pay their last respect to the deceased.
Family elders inside company of some friends managed to save the situation which paved the way for the burial.
On Wednesday the hospital said they had opened an enquiry into the matter. In a press statement, the hospital said the management was looking into the case of the individuals involved.
“We want to reiterate the fact in which management has put in place official as well as formalized way of depositing dead bodies at the hospital morgue as well as retrieving same. Any some other unofficial arrangements become personal,” read the statement.
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Shock as mortuary attendants seize corpse during burial over non-payment