Gikomba victims’ relatives to wait for DNA tests

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Gikomba families whose relatives died a week ago in a fire tragedy will now have to wait for one month before they can bury their loved ones due to a DNA test that will be performed to identify them.

Chiromo mortuary head of human anatomy Prof. Peter Gichangi says it will take at least 30 days to match the DNA samples taken from relatives with those extracted from the bodies.

Professor Gichangi said they are working on the eight more bodies which are identifiable to ensure they are released to families for burial from Wednesday.

Tracing, Identification, and post-mortem activities have been completed. We anticipate the individuals who are not here to be able to view their loved ones from Wednesday when we have prepared the bodies. Relatives should not come tomorrow.” He said.

The relatives who assembled at chiromo Mortuary had to wait for more than 6 hours before the exercise was finished.

17 people were confirmed to be burnt to death in the inferno that destroyed Nairobi’s largest open-air market, in what is rumored as a result of rivalry between traders or private developers eying prime plots at the banks of Nairobi River.

According to relevant sources, 50 people have been discharged with 22 others still admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi.

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