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Masaka Hospital Gets Modern Mortuary

In April, government donated 2 mortuary refrigerators to Masaka hospital at Shillings 70 million each. Dr. Onyachi has asked Masaka municipality to replace at the attendants in the municipal mortuary since those deployed by the hospital have relocated to the new facility.
03 Sep 2019 07:08

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Masaka Regional Referral hospital has step up a modern mortuary abandoning the municipality mortuary, which it has been using for decades. The Director Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, Dr. Nathan Onyachi disclosed this in an interview on Monday.   

He explains that the hospital mortuary has two modern fridges with 3 compartments that will help preserve bodies before they hand them to their relatives for burial. According to Dr. Onyachi, it cost them more than Shillings 30 million to refurbish the building where the mortuary is located.  

In April, government donated 2 mortuary refrigerators to Masaka hospital at Shillings 70 million each.  Dr. Onyachi has asked Masaka municipality to replace at the attendants in the municipal mortuary since those deployed by the hospital have relocated to the new facility. 

He explains that the hospital will only preserve bodies for 48hours after, which relatives will pay Shillings 50,000 for each extra day.   

//Cue in: “bodies have been decomposing….

Cue out: … costs of electricity” 

Dr. Onyachi says the hospital will also provide preservation services to individual who wish to keep their relatives as they plan the funeral arrangements at Shillings 100,000 each day.  

//Cue in: “People have wanted this service….    

Cue out….we shall have control,”// 

Records at Masaka hospital indicates that between 3 to 4 people die at the facility each day. Musa Maberi, the Health Inspector Masaka Municipality, says they are still in talks with development partners to support the renovation of the municipal mortuary, which is in sorry state.

Swaibu Sulambaya, a patient activist at Masaka hospital has welcomed the development and appealed to the municipal authorities to also devise means of constructing another mortuary. He says the existing mortuary is too small compared to the number of people that requires its services. 

Sulambaya notes that police in the entire region use the municipal mortuary, which has been under the hospital management. He says police should consider giving the municipality a hand to put up a more decent facility since it is one of the main users of the mortuary.  

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