Corpses stored in mortuaries in the Yilo and ManyaKrobo municipalities in the Eastern Region are decomposing due to the community-wide power cut.
Consequently, mortuary operators are asking families in the two municipalities to come for the remains of their loved ones to prevent the bodies from further decomposition and posing health hazard to the general public.
A concerned resident, Edmund Aboagye, who raised the alarm in an interview with journalists said about five families had received incessant calls from mortuary attendants to retrieve their bodies because they were decomposing at the facility.
According to him, the mortuary attendants said they could not afford to fuel the generators that keep the facility running.
“I have had about four or five persons who have their family relations of dead bodies at the mortuary call to inform me that the hospitals have called them to come and pick their dead bodies because they have started going bad at the mortuary,” he said.
Commenting on the development, the YiloKrobo Municipal Health Director, Irina Offei, stated that she could not confirm that families had been asked to come for their corpses yet.
She added, however, that she was certain “if the power is not restored by Wednesday, probably, they will be asking families to do that.”
Madam Offei explained that the hospitals were now compelled to ration power because it was costing more to keep the generators on.
Prior to this, Madam Offei lamented the effect of the power outage in the YiloKrobo and ManyaKrobo municipalities.
According to her, the power situation was negatively affecting the quality of health services rendered in the municipalities.
Speaking in an interview on Joy FM’s Midday News on Tuesday, Madam Offei explained that the hospitals in the affected municipalities were compelled to rely on generators to provide health services.
Madam Offei stated that hospitals in the municipality without power spent between GH¢3,000 and GH¢5,000 to provide emergency services, theatre services, admissions, keeping blood, vaccination, and keeping refrigerators running.
She lamented that as a result of the high cost involved to get power for laboratory equipment “sometimes we have to refer to other health facilities that are nearby and have light.”
Communities in the YiloKrobo and ManyaKrobo municipalities from Somanya to Kpong, have been cut off from the national grid.
The areas had been plunged into darkness since Wednesday, July 27, because Electricity Company Ghana (ECG) switched off feeders supplying power to communities in the two Municipalities over illegal connections.
According to ECG, some recalcitrant residents had tampered with their transformers and reconnected power to their homes after they were disconnected for refusal to accept prepaid meters.