Western Region: Police demand GHC 3,900.00 from family before releasing bodies of accident relatives

The family of some three persons who died in a recent accident at Beahu in the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region on 20th January 2019, are being asked to pay an amount of one thousand, three hundred Ghana cedi (GHC1, 300.00) each before their bodies will be released to them for burial. The family, however, says it will not pay this amount because it does not see why it has to pay the said amount.

According to the family, they have not requested anybody for postmortem analysis on their dead, hence questioning the motive for them to be asked to pay for this exercise.

Mr. Emmanuel Bentum is the widower to one of the dead, and a resident of Apowa. He lost his wife, sister-in-law and a daughter through the accident. He told Samuel Kojo Brace on the Jolly Breakfast Show on Skyy Power FM, Tuesday morning that ” “I lost my wife, daughter and my wife’s daughter on the 20th January 2019, the police came to convey the bodies to the effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital. The family is now ready to perform the necessary funeral rights for our relatives, and the date is set for 15th February 2019. We went for the bodies and the police is telling us a different thing.”

It will be recalled that six persons died, and four (4) others sustaining various degrees of injuries, in an accident that occurred on 20th January 2019 at Beahu in the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region. The accident involved an Urvan Bus with registration number WR 1697-18, and a Man Diesel Tipper Truck with registration number GT 6620-B, which was travelling from Agona Nkwanta direction towards Takoradi.

The family has arranged to perform the burial service on February 15th 2019, however, the pathologist is demanding a total of 3,900GHC before the bodies will be released for burial. Mr. Emmanuel Bentum tells us the family does not have such money to pay before the burial.

“They say, we cannot burry the bodies without autopsy report, and this will be performed by a pathologist. The pathologist is charging us 3,900GHC for the three bodies and Effia-Nkwanta regional hospital does not have the postmortem machine so they will hire from a private hospital. We met the doctor for negotiations but he rejected us, we do not have the money to pay for the autopsy and the date for the funeral is set, we need help, because we do not even know if this is lawful,” he said.

Story by: Mpimpimhene Nana Gyetua/Skyy News/Takoradi.

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