Emotional composure key to proper corpse identification

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Pathologist, Professor Badu Akosah, says relatives of victims ofthe

fire and flood disaster need to first keep their emotions in check if

they are to correctly identify the dead.

"People must as much as possible dampen their emotions," he told Joy

News Friday.

Several families are living in great anxiety and are in search of

missing loved ones feared dead after about 150 people perished ina

flooding and fire disaster Wednesday night.

Many thronged the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Police hospital and the

37 Military hospital, all in Accra, with a churning mix of dread and

hope of finding their relatives dead or alive.

For the victims of the fire disaster,it could prove difficult to

identify the victims because some of them were burnt beyond instant


The pathologist is advising that relatives who are very close to

themissing persons and can identify them by examining their toes,

fingers and very "little, little marks," should be those doing the


But before they even start the exercise, Prof Akosah wants

professionals in these hospitals to talk to the anxious family


They should get them to "relax as much as possible", he explained,

because they often "get so emotional they don't even look at the body"

Akosah stressed.

He regrets that the use of dental records in identifying the dead is

not a popular option in Ghana. Otherwise, it is one of the "easiest

ways" of identification.

A more thorough option, which is DNA identification, is "very

expensive" in Ghana, he noted.

But it could be an option if the government is prepared to pay forit

and if all other ways of identification fail, the pathologist


Credit: Myjoyonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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