Sharp morgue shortage felt:Tragic traffic calamities continue [Archives:2003/657/Local News]

August 7 2003

TAIZ_ A truck driver, Abbas Naser Abdullah Mohammed, 40, was killed in tragic traffic accident on the Taiz-Makha road on August 1.
The lack of technical checkups was the main reason behind the oil-overloaded truck accident.
The victim was then taken immediately to Tazi General Republic Hospital's morgue.
In addition to this, 2 persons were killed in another traffic incident that took place on August 2 on Taiz-Aden road when their car collided with another car. The two dead bodies were taken to the Tazi Hospital's morgue.
Two weeks ago, 13 soldiers from security forces were seriously injured in a military vehicle collision in al-Wazeaya district. In addition to this, 10 people were killed when their minibus rammed into a truck on the Sanaa-Hodeidah highway at the end of last month.
The truck driver was the only survivor of the accident, which was among the most devastating events on that highway.
Breakneck speed, negligence and technical problems are the main causes of such tragic accidents. Traffic authorities are concerned that lack of road services on Yemen's busiest highways, such as Sana'a-Taiz and Sana'a-Hodeidah roads could be a contributing factor to the high number of accidents.

Extra morgues needed
Hospitals in Taiz are in short of the necessary technical supplies particularly morgues. Citizens of Taiz complain of not being able to preserve the dead bodies of their relatives when the need arises. Dr. Abdulmalik Assayani, the Athawra General Hospital Director said that the hospital's morgue is too small and unable to receive more than 15 dead bodies.
On his part, Dr. Muneer Ashameri, the Technical Manager of the General Republican Hospital in Taiz told the Yemen Times that only three morgue in the hospital are found. Each morgue has the capacity of three dead bodies.
The number of dead bodies as result of traffic and security incidents in the hospital exceeds the morgue's capacity which belongs to the hospital.
“The situation has been negatively aggravated when corpses remained in the morgue for more than 6 months,” Dr. Ashameri remarked.
“The hospital's administration is sometimes obliged to undertake the burial ceremonies and giving burial permissions to unidentified dead bodies,” Dr. Ashameri concluded.
The two doctors called the concerned bodies at the health ministry, the local councils and philanthropists to reconsider and pay due attention to this humanitarian issue.