PHA: Morgue four times over capacity

The morgue at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is four times over capacity, Public Hospitals Authority Managing Director Catherine Weech said on Monday.

“Today we are over capacity by about four times,” she said during a press conference at the Ministry of Health.

“We have capacity in main hospital for 55 bodies. Today we are running four times that amount.”

That would mean there are 220 bodies at the morgue.

She said PHA is experiencing similar challenges at Grand Bahama Health Services.

Her comments came after Health Minister Renward Wells highlighted the issues.

He said members of the public are using the morgue as a storage facility as they wait for funeral restrictions to be lifted.

According to the latest Emergency Powers Order, funerals on New Providence may be held provided that the funeral service is conducted at the graveside and is limited to ten persons exclusive of the officiant and mortuary workers. Funeral repasts are prohibited.

“Some members of the public are opting to wait until restrictions have been lessened to collect the bodies of their loved ones,” Wells said during a press conference.

He encouraged the public to make arrangements with mortuary services for the collection of their loved ones.

“Failure of comply will result in the legal storage fees being applied,” he said.

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