Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital, Dr Adusei Poku, says the incident over the weekend in which a mortuary man seized a corpse over a Ghc 40 debt was the fault of the family.
According to Dr Poku, the family sneaked the corpse out of the mortuary when they had not paid the full fee, which prompted the mortuary man to take the action he took.
Speaking on Adom News Monday, Dr Poku said the entire incident could have been avoided if the family had pleaded with the mortuary man when they could not pay – instead they took the corpse without his knowledge and dared him to come for the corpse if he liked.
So he also came for it.
Dr Poku noted though that it was a private job undertaken by the mortuary man and thus has nothing to do with the hospital, although the hospital has requested a report on the incident. The mortuary man in question has also been cautioned not to let his private work interfere with the work of the hospital.
The incident occurred last weekend, when the mortuary man shocked everyone present at the Tema Community 9 cemetery, going for a corpse from a coffin as the family was about to bury it. It later emerged that the family owed him Ghc 40, and had snuck out the corpse without his knowledge for burial.
Listen to Dr Poku below…