Desperate Residents Want Soroti Municipal Mortuary Relocated

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Ocen claims that one time the residents had to endure five days of a persistent unpleasant smell of unclaimed dead bodies. When the smell becomes overpowering, Ocen says it is impossible eat a meal or sleep.

Residents of Nakatunya ward in Soroti Municipality have asked the municipal authorities to relocate the municipal mortuary. 
 
The mortuary that was constructed in 2004 can accommodate 30 corpses at a time.
 
The mortuary is located within a residential area in Nakatunya ward, western division.
 
Ismael Ocen, a resident whose house is near the mortuary, says that it’s common for bodies brought to Soroti Municipal Mortuary to decompose resulting to a bad smell which spreads to the neighborhood.
 
Ocen claims that one time the residents had to endure five days of a persistent unpleasant smell of unclaimed dead bodies.
When the smell becomes overpowering, Ocen says it is impossible eat a meal or sleep.
 
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The residents living 100 metres from the mortuary expressed fear that, if nothing is done, they may suffer from diseases brought about by the poor management of bodies at the mortuary.
 
Alex Olaja whose house is opposite the gate and lies 50 meters to the mortuary was selected to coordinate the move to have the mortuary transferred far from the residential area.
 
About 20 homesteads surrounding the mortuary are badly affected by the smell that emanates from the bodies in the Mortuary.
 
Honorant Okello, Soroti Municipal speaker, agrees that, the situation in Nakatunya is terrible. Okello says the area where the mortuary is located is a residential area.
 
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Michael Emiru, the mortuary attendant, says most of the unclaimed bodies at the mortuary are those deposited there by the police.  
 
Robert Ecaat the LC4 Councilor representing Nakatunya ward says the residents have asked him to take their appeal to the council and ask the Municipal authorities to relocate the Mortuary far away from the residential area.

 
But Dr. John Bosco Ojur, the acting Principal Medical Officer Soroti Municipal Council, says that by the time the mortuary was built, there were no residential houses in the area.
 
He says during insurgency the area was used as a burial ground.

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.