Earlier today the family of Marisela Guzman Gonzales called into our newsroom to say that the authorities are delaying to conduct the post mortem. In addition they had complained that the morgue on the island was not working. Our correspondent on the island, Jorge Aldana has been following the story and found that contrary to reports that Marisela’s body had been left to decomposed, the portable morgue was open for family today to ensure them that the body has been properly preserved, pending a post mortem. There is still, however, the issue of the post mortem. Love News had gotten information that there is a backlog in postmortem examinations. We were told that Gonzalez’ body is 8th in line due to the backlog. We sought answers from the Ministry of Health on this issue.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “I am not aware. A post mortem once it’s a police case is not by the Ministry of Health it’s done by the Ministry of National Security and those have their own pathologist that would routinely do the police cases as you would classify them. Sometimes when they’re running short they would call on assistance but I don’t know that there is a backlog of post mortems. Again that was a police case so I don’t know how they would have handled or how they’re handling that situation.”
Reporter: But are you aware in terms of the process ? Like for example the body from San Pedro that they found the post mortem is done there or that has to be transported to Belize City for a post mortem.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “I believe it would ideally have to come to Belize City.”