Environmental officers in the Kwahu West Municipality of the Eastern Region exhumed a woman’s body that they had accidentally interred at the Nkawkaw-Trafford cemetery alongside other people during a mass burial exercise.
Upon the family’s request, the Nkawkaw magistrate court issued an order for the exhumation of the body.
The court case has not yet been resolved.
After she was declared dead, the deceased Afua Ataa’s body was stored at the Nkawkaw Holy Family hospital.
After hospital staff were unable to locate the body, the family’s attempts to have a post-mortem performed on it became quite emotional.
It was discovered that her body was interred alongside others in a January mass burial.
Before this incident, a segment of her family expects to seek answers to the remaining questions about the cause of her death.
Some family members were concerned when their relative’s body disappeared.
“We don’t understand what happened. It is the court that ordered that my sister’s corpse be exhumed for us. It has been done.
“We wait for the next action from the court on what next to do after the post-mortem, but I am really not happy about the hospital official who came here. He has ordered us to take the corpse away right after the post-mortem. That is very unfair to us.”
The exercise was completed in January of this year due to the deteriorating state of the remains and the environmental problem that presented, according to Joseph Krampah, the Kwahu West Municipal Environmental Health Director.
“We were called to check the deteriorating nature of the bodies at the morgue and take action. We had the mass burial for 10 adults and some babies.”
The management of the Holy Family hospital at Nkawkaw says the case is still in court, hence official statement cannot be made now.