Urgent Call to Families: Identify Abandoned Corpses at Godfrey Okoye University Teaching Hospital
In a startling revelation, the Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University, Reverend Father Professor Christian Anieke, has urged members of the public to visit the former Ntasi Obi Ndi Nona Afufu, now Godfrey Okoye University Teaching Hospital in Enugu. They are encouraged to check if any of the abandoned corpses in the facility belong to their relatives or acquaintances.
According to reports from our correspondent Godwin Umeh, Reverend Father Professor Anieke revealed that some of the abandoned bodies have been languishing in the hospital’s morgue for a staggering 18 years. An Enugu High Court has granted an order, allowing the hospital’s management to conduct a mass burial if the bodies are not claimed within the stipulated 21-day period.
The Vice Chancellor expressed the urgency of the directive, emphasizing that it aims to facilitate the renovation of the morgue, transforming it into a facility befitting a teaching hospital. He described the situation of abandoned corpses as a significant challenge faced by the hospital.
Reverend Father Professor Anieke called on the families associated with the 33 corpses in the teaching hospital’s mortuary to promptly claim them for proper and dignified burials. This call serves as a compassionate effort to bring closure to a long-standing issue and ensure respectful treatment of the deceased.
In other developments, the Vice Chancellor announced that Godfrey Okoye University Enugu is set to admit students into its School of Nursing and Midwifery by the end of January 2024. He highlighted the readiness of academic and administrative staff, as well as facilities, including a bus generously donated by the Parents Forum of the university, for the commencement of these new courses.
Reflecting on the recent convocation, Reverend Father Professor Anieke commended the university’s staff for their unwavering commitment to service. He noted the institution’s reputation for discipline and underscored its role as a beacon of leadership for new tertiary institutions. The Vice Chancellor urged the staff to persist in their efforts, striving for even greater achievements in the pursuit of academic excellence.