Overloaded and Understaffed Ukrainian Morgues Are Collapsing Because of the Rada’s Incompetence

Translated by Ollie Richardson



The new rules for a funeral that entered into force as of March have led to the fact that the morgues of Ukraine are crowded with corpses, and it is impossible to take them away them without a court decision. Bill No. 8336 is designed to restore the appropriate order of carrying out forensic-medical examinations, but its adoption is overdue.

This was stated at a meeting of the Coordination board of faction leaders and chairpeople of committees of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by the head of the parliamentary committee on healthcare questions Olga Bogomolets.

“This concerns bill No. 8336. Because this law wasn’t put on the agenda, all the forensic-medical examinations, offices, and morgues of Ukraine are today collapsing. There are no adequate refrigerators and there is only 40% of the needed amount of staff. People can’t take away a body from a morgue for weeks, because forensic scientists can’t carry out an examination with a court decision – neither those who died in the ‘ATO’ zone nor those who died in a road accident. Because there are no refrigeration chambers or the existing chambers are from the last century – just wow! In Nikolaev, Kherson, Ivano-Frankovsk, Chernovtsi, and Ternopol,” she said.

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