By Faith Nyasuguta
Ghanaian police officers have announced that they will hold a mass burial for some 200 unidentified and unclaimed bodies.
In a statement released by the police service of Ghana, the mass burials will be executed starting the “close of work this week.”
According to a local authority, the move is set to clear out the morgue at Ghana’s police hospital.
Ghana Police Hospital official Yaw Nketta-Yeboah said that the corpses have been accumulating since the beginning of the year and they include people who had died in the streets and victims of hit and run accidents.
Further, there are unidentified bodies of crime victims and people who had died while admitted to the hospital but abandoned by their families.
The police hospital thus called on members of the public to work on contacting its department of pathology this week in a bid to identify some bodies.
It said the request was to avoid a situation where dead bodies would be wrongly set aside for mass burial.
Despite the fact that the West African nation culturally holds burials in high esteem, the police hospital has often held mass burials for unclaimed bodies.