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Dream of taking care of the dead? KMTC has you covered

Do you have an ambition of taking care of the dead?

Well, your prayers may have been answered as the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) says it will henceforth be training mortuary attendants.

An advert released by the medical institution indicates a Diploma course on the same will be a three-year course.

“You asked us, and we listened! The College will now be offering a Diploma in Mortuary Science beginning March 2023,” read the advert.

“It’s the first-ever course in East and Central Africa. The training takes 3 years, while those already with a certificate in the same course from other reputable institutions will join in year two,” read the advert.

Being a mortuary attendant is not a common job description but is said to be lucrative.

Aside from their monthly salaries, attendants are said to take home thousands of shillings each day in tips from clients who wish for their loved ones to be dressed and taken good care of.

Several private funeral homes have sprung up in Nairobi and other parts of Kenyan with some charging as much as 1000 to preserve bodies for a day.

Mortuary attendants often transport bodies from a hospital to the morgue, prepare the deceased for examination by a pathologist, clean and set up instruments, pick tissue specimens, ensure all specimens and cadavers are tagged, and otherwise support the functions of the mortuary.

Their monthly salary ranges from Sh10,994 and Sh45,067 net per month.

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