Dead bodies are decomposing at Mzimba District Hospital due to malfunctioning of a fridge in the hospital’s mortuary.
Healings Nyirenda spokesperson for the hospital confirmed the development, claiming that
government has already promised to rectify the [problem.
Media reports indicate that the said fridge stopped working about five years ago, yet authorities have hesitated to rectify the problem.
It has also been observed that the facility is failing to store corpses; for fear that they may decompose untimely.
Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume, said Government was aware of the problem and efforts are in place to rectify the problem.
”Government is working towards sorting that out soon including other related problems. People must bear with us for delaying to act quickly on the issue,” he said.
Kumpalume has called on stakeholders in the country to be helping government in sorting out such challenges in time. A related problem has affected mortuary services at Rumphi district, where authorities have confirmed that the hospital morgue fridge has problems with its compressor.
Last year government revealed plans to start private mortuaries as one way of dealing with challenges of faulty equipment and management.