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Delapidated City Mortuary to get KES 150 million facelift

26 June 2015, 18:20 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Nairobi City Mortuary, an important feature of the City's operational network will get a KES 150 million upgrade to restore it to respectable standards.

The mortuary has been granted the funds to see it improve its status as a key feature of the City, as it handles a huge number of public cases.

The Nairobi County budget Committee granted the facility the money in its recent budget allocations.

The move will see the old public facility get a much needed facelift, one that has left the workers happy.

" We are happy to hear this news. The mortuary is important but highly neglected and needs a big facelift to see it at a better place," a mortuary attendant that did not want to be named said.

The attendant said that there were several items that needed improvement to see the mortuary at-least function to a good standard.

" There is need for coolers here. They are few and far between. We also need a new floor, which is old and cannot be used in this day and age. There are also leakages in the roofs as well as tanks for storing water are in a bad state. They have to be improved".

" Also we need better areas for the staff to clean up. Currently they are just not good enough," the attendant added.

During massive disasters, the facility has struggled badly as witnessed during the Westgate Mall attack in 2013 where the shortcomings of the facility were exposed.

In the aftermath of the recent terror attack in Garissa, the bodies were instead taken to the Chiromo Mortuary by the government in view of the bad state of the City mortuary.

" You can see that the bodies from Garissa went to Chiromo where the government was forced to pay for the facilities as compared to a public institution," the attendant said.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero had planned to rename the mortuary when he took over the running of city affairs in 2013 but that plan never came to fruition.

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