, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – The City Mortuary has unveiled a new expanded facility that was renovated to the tune of Sh15 million.
The refurbishment that began in November last year included the renovation of four compartments in its cold room that will accommodate 48 extra bodies.
The mortuary that was built in 1956 has a capacity of 160 bodies. However, it is currently operating above its capacity handling 250 bodies due to an overwhelming number of murder and police cases.
Nairobi Town Clerk Phillip Kisia said the City Council would continue the expansion process to ensure efficiency.
"The next phase, which is currently on going, will involve 25 chambers and then 50 so we will be fully refurbished in six months. We intend to complete the perimeter wall at Sh20 million and do the roadwork and provide flood lights so that the staff can feel secure," said Mr Kisia.
The Council spends about Sh300 million per year on operations and maintenance works at the City Mortuary.
With the mortuary\’s annual revenue amounting to Sh30 million, Mr Kisia said, City Hall is forced to subsidise Sh250 million a year.
However, Mr Kisia said the City Council is devising a plan to ease the financial burden and provide the public with affordable costs.
"To maintain high standards, we will need an operation run by the private sector. The surplus or profit that should be passed on to City Hall will be put into this facility [City Mortuary] so that we can give equal services," said Mr Kisia.
In the future, the City Mortuary plans to expand even further, building a new facility on its two-acre plot.
"We have already factored Sh100 million in the next financial year to start construction of a new facility that will be able to take at least over 300 bodies. So in the next financial year we should be breaking ground," said Mr Kisia.