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.
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
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
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
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.