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Mortuary workers defend Mahama, demand for more mortuaries in Ghana

The Mortuary Workers Association is calling on the government to prioritize a ‘one health facility and one mortuary policy. The mortuary workers are convinced that more morgues in Ghana would help ease pressure on the major health facilities in the country.

They said it would help in eliminating situations where bereaved families attack mortuary workers over missing dead bodies due to choked morgues. Speaking in an interview, General Secretary for Mortuary Workers Association, Mr. Richard Jordan made an appeal indicating that, the country’s health facilities should be structured with a mortuary department. “we can’t build a hospital without mortuaries knowing very well that people might die in the hospital”.

He further kicked against censured hospital owners for isolating mortuaries from the facilities. He stated that Muslims per their religion need a separate morgue to take care of their deceased relatives before burial, therefore backing the promise made by the former president, John Dramani Mahama, to build mortuaries in Zongo communities for them.

Mr. Richard Jordan disclosed that many mortuary workers are undervalued and subjected to maltreatment by health facility administrators. In view of this, he urged health facility administrators to respect the services of mortuary workers as essential to better health care delivery in Ghana.

By: Julia Afriyie

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