person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder January 2, 2019 07:18:52

By Esther Asoanya/Brenda Ayika

Enugwu Ukwu (Njikoka LGA), Jan.1, 2019 (NAN) Ndi Anambra have been trooping in to inquire about the burnt corpses at the Mortuary of the General Hospital, Enugwu-Ukwu.

The Mortuary went up in flames on Dec. 29 afternoon and burnt the corpses preserved there by the relative of the diseased beyond recognition.


A visit to the scene of the incident indicated that it was double tragedy, as the pains of losing their loved ones doubled with the burning of their remains.

Even those not directly affected were also moved by emotions to cry profusely at the scene.

Perhaps, what was more painful it appeared were the difficulties in being able to identify the remains of their loved ones.

Security agents had been under considerable pains guarding against those who were frenzy at the scene, so as not to harm themselves.

Mr Chima Ezeh, an engineer said he came on of the fateful day see the remains of their brother, whose remain was deposited two weeks ago but was denied access into the Mortuary only to receive call at 3 pm when he was already at home that the Mortuary had been up in flames.

He lamented that they had yet to identity his remains.


Mr Eze noted that some identified corpses were taken to Amaku General Hospital on Dec. 30, leaving unidentified ones behind.

He said they were waiting Morticians from Awka to determine what cause of action to take concerning identifying their diseased.

Another Mr Sunday Onuorah whose brother was deposited two weeks ago lamented that the incident was a double jeopardy.

``We were still crying over sudden death of my brother before this sad news of fire came’’.

``We are trying to keep this from getting to our mother for the fear of losing her too as she is currently hypertensive,’’ Onuora said.

The cause of the fire has yet to be ascertained.

Members of the hospital management had been in one form of meeting and consultation and had been spoken to the media on the matter. (MOI)