Monday, November 28, 2005
Guyana police are faced with the predicament of how to deal with the number of unidentified dead bodies on the streets.
The police have warned of potential health risk if the situation is not resolved.
Every week the police pick up the bodies of unidentified vagrants who die on the streets or of nameless people who are killed in road accidents.
They also frequently recover the corpses of fishermen who drown at sea washed up on the sea shore or people who lived alone and whose deaths go undetected until the neighbours notice the smell. There are also apparent murder victims whose bodies are buried before they begin to decompose.
Until recently unidentified corpses were taken to one of several morgues to await post mortem examination and burial.
But the country's public hospital morgue has been asked not to take dead bodies there, particularly those which are showing signs of decomposition.
A private funeral home has also backed out of a similar arrangement it had with the Government.