A.G. to tackle morgue backlog

The Office of the Attorney General has been given the task of overcoming a major backlog at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, says the Minister of Health, Faimalotoa Kika Stowers-Ah Kau.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer at the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) party headquarters on Friday, Faimalotoa the backlog at the mortuary was discussed in a Cabinet meeting.

In the Cabinet meeting, it was agreed that the Attorney-General, Savalenoa Mareva Betham-Annandale, would find a solution to the matter.

Faimalotoa said she is aware of the matter and had read about it in the Samoa Observer.

"It is with the A.G.," said Faimalotoa.

The Health Ministry and the morgue are currently working to find a pathologist.

If finding a pathologist to carry out the autopsies is further delayed, she said the A.G. must another way to resolve the problem so the bodies being held at the mortuary for Police investigations can be released to their families. 

A solution has not been found yet but it will come "very soon," said Faimalotoa.

"We have no more to say until such time we have received advice from the A.G.," said Faimalotoa.

Six bodies of men, victims of alleged crimes, are being held at the mortuary.

One body has been at the morgue as far back as six months.


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