UBTH to Conduct Mass Burial for 270 Unclaimed Corpses

By Paulinus Nta

The management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has announced plans to conduct a mass burial for 270 unclaimed corpses if they are not claimed within the next six weeks.

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This announcement was made by the hospital’s Mortuary Services Coordinator, Ehizogie Adeyemi, in Benin City, Edo State, on Tuesday.

Adeyemi provided a breakdown of the unclaimed corpses, stating that 201 are infants and 69 are adults. The hospital management had previously issued a statement on Monday, giving a six-week ultimatum for the owners to claim these corpses.

The statement from the hospital management reads in part: “This is to inform the general public that the management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital has concluded plans to dispose of all unclaimed corpses that have been in the hospital mortuary for a very long time.

“For the avoidance of doubt, such corpses include that of infants that have been in the mortuary since January 2023 and corpses of adults that have been in the mortuary from April 2021 to December 2022.

“Consequently, owners of such corpses are hereby given six weeks’ notice from the date of this publication to claim their corpses.

Any unclaimed corpse at the expiration of the six-week period shall be disposed of through mass burial or any other manner considered appropriate.”

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