, THIKA, Kenya, Dec 1 – The Thika Level Five Hospital morgue built in collaboration between the Kiambu County Government and the Mount Kenya University has started operations.
The morgue has the state-of-art equipment purchased under a conditional grant by the government at Sh53 million.
One phase of the morgue will be operated by the hospital dealing with refrigeration of the bodies while the other phase will be run by the university dealing with anatomy.
The morgue gas been expanded from the current capacity of 24 bodies to 120.
“The opening of this mortuary is a relief to the already overburdened hospital that has to deal with too much congestion in the old facility,” said Jonah Mwangi the County Executive Member for Health.
He added that the new post-mortem room, demonstration windows and provision of forensic X-rays are some of the added services that will be provided.
Initially, the mortuary mostly dealt with embalming of the bodies as it had no capacity to refrigerate.
“We have purchased modern equipment comprising of 96 body refrigerators and 32 racks for embalmed bodies,” said the County Pathologist Josephine Muthami.
She said the equipment bought from Germany is not prone to corrosion.