EAMC addressing alleged backlog in claiming bodies

By Rizal Obanil

The East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) is now taking steps toaddress the alleged backlog of unclaimed bodies in its morgue amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC)

“The hospital is now coming up with a solution and we are very thankful that someone donated a refrigerated truck where we can temporarily place those who died,” EAMC spokesperson Dr. Dennis Ordoña said in an interview over GMA-7’s Dobol B sa News TV on Monday.

When asked for the number of fatalities due to COVID-19, Ordoña said that there were only nine confirmed cases.

He admitted that there might still be more but could not confirm it.

The EAMC was caught in a media frenzy over allegations that there were as many as 20 unclaimed bodies in the hospital’s morgue.

After news broke out, Ordoña said that no less than Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III came to visit to assess the situation.

He said that they are currently arranging for the transportation of the said unclaimed bodies.