Authorities of Kintampo Hospital have threatened to undertake a mass burial of all unclaimed bodies in Wednesday’s fatal accident on the Kintampo-Tamale road if relatives do not come for them.
According to the administrators of the hospital, the refrigerator at their mortuary is unable to preserve the large number of bodies deposited there, with the stench emanating from the morturay becoming unbearable.
It is also to prevent any negative health implications arising from their poor preservation.
At least 63 persons have been confirmed dead, with 23 others severely injured in an accident that occurred on the Kintampo-Tamale road on Wednesday night.
The fatalities include a 3-month-old baby, pregnant women and the two drivers.
In a miracle arising out of the tragedy, an eight-month-old baby survived, but her mother perished.
The survivors have since been transported to hospitals in Techiman, Sunyani and the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital in Kumasi where they are receiving treatment.
At least three persons with severe injuries have been rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching hospital in Accra for treatment.
It has since emerged that emergency response arrived four hours after the accident had occurred.
The Kintampo hospital authorities have therefore issued an appeal for relatives of the victims to come for their bodies or risk seeing them buried in a mass grave.
Administrator of the hospital, Dr. Owusu Adjei said the pungent smell at the hospital, especially around the mortuary facility is ‘bad’.