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Ministry to launch probe

Luke Nacei
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services will launch an investigation into a case where a body of man was allegedly left to decompose at the Navua Hospital mortuary last week, says the ministry's acting permanent secretary Susan Kiran.

Ms Kiran confirmed they met with the family and said necessary action would be taken after completion of the investigation.

"After meeting directly with the family to hear their concerns, the ministry is launching a full investigation into this matter and necessary action is being taken," she said.

A family from Naitata in Navua claimed the body of their father, Steven Singh, was allegedly left decomposed in the Navua Hospital mortuary. His daughter Josephine Fitz said the incident was unacceptable.

Ms Fitz said they were surprised with what had happened to the body after leaving it at the morgue last week on Tuesday.

Ms Kiran said all services at the Navua Hospital morgue were operating as normal.

"It was decaying like an animal and his face was burst with fluids," she claimed.

"My dad, even though he was 73, he looked like a 50-year-old man so when we went there to the morgue the smell was so unbearable, the body was soft and hundreds of flies and it was like an abattoir, blood was everywhere from the previous patient," she cliamed.

Ms Fitz said her dad was a stage four cancer patient.

"We couldn't open the coffin now and all my families cannot see him in his coffin because we had to seal it."

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