The Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana (MOWAG) has asked the government to increase mortuary fees to discourage families from preserving their dead bodies in the morgue for a long time.
According to them, some bodies are being kept between four (4) to six (6) months leading to overcrowding at the mortuary facilities across the country.
The call follows accusations by a section of the public that workers at various facilities across the country charge mourners lots of money before they allow them preserve their dead bodies.
The General Secretary of MOWAG, Richard Kofi Jordan in an Interview on Radio Ghana debunked assertions that their charges are exorbitant; he however called on the government to increase mortuary charges at various facilities instead.
”We don’t voluntarily charge. If people say we charge more than we do, we mortuary workers do not have a legal charge. The charge comes from the government who receives all the money that is collected at various facilities.
”I think the government should raise it to discourage people from putting bodies at the mortuary 4-6 months. They have to bring something that will prevent people from doing that and that is making our various facilities overcrowded,” Kofi Jordan stressed.
The General Secretary thereby noted that there’s too much work for their employees because too many dead bodies are being deposited at the mortuary unnecessarily.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Samuel Sackey