In many occasions I have seen doctors saying the cause of death for a person who has died after conducting a postmortem. The question which I always ask myself or one might ask him/herself is, is it compulsory for a postmortem to be conducted before the family members of the deceased can bury their loved one?
Well, a post mortem can be ordered by the government for the purpose of establishing the cause of death under the law where a government doctor has discretion to order a post mortem where it is believed to be essential. In addition, there is, however, no statutory requirement for a government doctor to order a post mortem in every suspicious case of death. Therefore a postmortem is always conducted on those people who have been killed or died in an accident where information is needed to be presented in a court of law.
It is carried out as soon as possible, usually within 2 to 3 working days of a person's death. In some cases, it may be possible for it to take place within 24 hours but depending upon when the examination is due to take place, family members of the deceased are able to view the body before the postmortem is carried out. In Kenya, there is no cost for any type of initial post mortem required by the hospital or government.
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