Clothes From Corpses At Korle-Bu On Sale In Accra


The sale of used clothing has become a booming business in the Capital City of Accra, with customers and users knowing very little about the source of these clothing.


spyGhana?s investigations have revealed a rather bizarre situation in the City. The crave for money and jobs have led some people to engage themselves in businesses that they found lucrative but have serious health implications to others. have observed that clothes worn for dead bodies (corpses) at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital are normally dumped by coroners on a refuse dump making it possible for some people to go pick them up, wash them and sell them in the market.

During our checks, it has been observed that groups of people, who normally discover this somehow ?lucrative? business, do wash those clothes in the open lagoon near the Lavinda Hill around Korle-Bu, where the CONTI Project is situated.

Meanwhile, Doctor in charge of the Korle-Bu Morgue Department, Dr Benkyi in a telephone interview denied the development.

According to him, coroners at the facility take due consideration of the health implications that behavior will cause the general public and so take precautionary measures in ensuring that clothes worn for corpses are properly disposed off.

He added that, dresses of dead bodies are cut into pieces with many of them sent into the incinerator.
Dr Benkyi also mentioned that, in the event that people die in the wards, nurses dress the corpse by wrapping them in bed sheets or mortuary cloths before taking them to the morgue.
?But when the corpses are brought from the house or outside, we remove the clothes and give them back to the families or whoever brought them here,? he explained.

Dr Benkyi also intimated that, in this era of ebola, mortuary attendants will not sit and allow such acts to go on, and that security is beefed up around the premises to prevent people who have no business doing there from coming in.

He however, called on the public not to entertain any fears.


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