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The Tamale Teaching Hospital Mortuary fridge has broken down for about a month now and the stand by generator at the hospital has also not been functioning.
As a result, the hospital authorities have requested relatives of the dead to convey their corpses to Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
A bereaved relative told the Times that the situation was having a heavy financial toll on the people as some drivers charge exorbitantly before conveying dead bodies to Bolgatanga.
When contacted on phone by the Times, the Hospital Administrator, George Atambure, however denied that the hospital fridge was not functioning, but he confirmed that the stand-by generator was not functioning and had been taken out for repairs.
He was emphatic that the mortuary fridge was working and that nobody had been asked to transport corpses from Tamale to Bolgatanga.
"As far as I am aware the mortuary fridge is functioning and we have not asked anybody to carry their dead bodies to any place," Mr. Atampure said.
He acknowledged that some unidentified bodies brought to the hospital by the police were decomposing, but attributed that to poor preservation.
Mr. Atampure said that there was no regular water supply in the hospital compelling the hospital to spend heavily on water.
Meanwhile, members of the Concern Citizens Association of Tamale have appealed to government to renovate the hospital as a matter of urgency.
The president of the association, Bashiru Daballi, who made the appeal noted that the structures at the hospital do not befit its status as teaching and referral hospital.
He said most of the structures were dilapidated and could best be described as death traps.
He said since the hospital was built about 30 years ago, there had not been any major rehabilitation on it and therefore urged the government to do something about it now.