There was tension at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre on Monday as the hospital’s mortuary attendants refused to release a dead body in the absence of a police report on the accident the deceased was involved in.
However, the situation at the mortuary calmed after a senior official from the deceased’s workplace, Bakhresa Grain Milling Limited, told the attendants arrangements were underway to obtain the report.
The deceased, 36-year-old Rodrick Moses from Chiuta Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthiramanja in Mulanje, was a temporary worker for the company for eight years.
According to some of his work mates, Moses met his fate on Thursday evening while on duty at the company when flour bags fell on him as he and some of his colleagues were taking the bags to a truck for loading.
The co-worker said when his colleagues visited him on Saturday at his home they noted that he was not improving despite his insistence that he was getting better.
When he was taken to QECH on Sunday, Moses was treated as an in-patient but died hours before medical personnel attended to him, according to another of his co-workers.
As we went to press, the body had not been released yet because police reportedly refused to provide a report as they were not notified when the accident first happened.