The Kisumu County government has announced that bodies in health facilities should be processed for burials within 48 hours after confirmation of death.
Edris Omondi, the county’s attorney and Governor’s legal advisor, further said that all unclaimed bodies, now standing at 69, will be disposed on Friday, June 18, after several calls to have them collected bore no fruit.
“We have processed in court the 69 bodies that are lying unclaimed and uncollected within various health facilities and the said bodies shall be buried by the County Government on Friday 18th June, 2021 without fail, if uncollected,” Omondi said in a statement.
He reiterated that the order was a follow up on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Executive Order 2, directing all funerals and cremations to be conducted within 72 hours after confirmation of death.
As COVID-19 infection rates in Nyanza region continue to rise, Omondi noted that there was need to clear out all bodies within mortuaries as soon as possible.
Unclaimed bodies at Kisumu’s public hospitals
Out of the 69 unclaimed bodies, a huge number lie at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital with 51, Kisumu District Hospital with 16, and 2 uncollected bodies at Port Florence Hospital.
The county attorney further urged members of the public to help trace the kins of nine other bodies lying at various health facilities. Omondi warned that they would be buried once legal requirements were completed. They include;
Herina Caroline Oda(F)- 0701586611
James Onyango Okello(M)- 0715400061
Gabriel Machone Okello(M)- 0735100940
Jacob Olang’ Agai(M)- 0710628899
Samuel Miguna Odongo(M)- 0721270271
Edward Owino Obuya(M)- 0701838823
Moses Onyango(M)- 0726498765
Roseline Auma Otieno(F)- 0798797484
Dickson Owino(M)- No contact left
On Monday, June 14, Kisumu County recorded 47 new COVID-19 cases. The spike in COVID-19 cases has been attributed to the Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1, where masses flouted protocols in excitement to meet politicians.