“Mass Burial of 92 Unclaimed Bodies in Papua New Guinea Highlights Struggles with Overcrowded Morgue”

1: unclaimed bodies found decaying in an outdoor shed in papua new guinea’s capital, port moresby, have been buried alongside others in a mass grave. of the 92 bodies found, 40 of them were children. a viral video showed at least 10 bodies, wrapped in blankets, on bunks and in hospital beds in the shed.

2: it is currently the wet season in papua new guinea, with temperatures hovering around the high 20 to mid-30c. the morgue has struggled to keep up with demand as the population of port moresby has grown. during the covid-19 pandemic, more than 200 bodies were buried to relieve pressure on the morgue, and in december 2021, 54 unclaimed bodies were buried in a mass grave.

3: the president of the national doctors’ association, james naipo, said that despite serving a population of more than one million people, the hospital had not been upgraded since it was designed to cater for 400,000. bodies might have been left because of economic difficulties felt by many across the country. the city’s deputy governor, dadi toka jr, said the public hospital needed a new mortuary facility and the government had allocated additional funding to the mortuary for 2023.


By Evey Lovelace

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