Covid-19 deaths exert pressure on morgue holding capacity

The Port Moresby General Hospital mortuary has a holding capacity of 110 dead bodies.

Post Courier reported yesterday it was storing 230 dead bodies.

Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Paki Molumi said three new container refrigerators have been donated by business houses in Port Moresby.

As the Covid-19 death toll in the National Capital District peaks at 49, the three new morgue refrigerators should be able to store the dead people.

Molumi said families and relatives of most of the Covid-19 deaths take their bodies away but few that remain for a few days are stored according to WHO protocols for storing Covid-19 bodies.

NCD has now recorded 2,976 Covid-19 cases as of Monday April 6, 2021 and nationwide statistics stands at 7,038.

There are 61 known deaths in the country.

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