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Grave situation: Robert Alai concerned over state of Nairobi city mortuaries

Kileleshwa Member of County Assembly (MCA) Robert Alai has expressed concerns over the deteriorating state of Nairobi city mortuaries, that is, Mama Lucy, Mbagathi and City Mortuary.

In a letter addressed to the Nairobi City County Assembly, Alai said, “Concerns have emerged on efficiency, capacity and operations of Nairobi mortuaries in the offering their services such as embalming, post-mortem examinations, body storage and issuance of burial permits.”

He added, “Allegations of undignified handling of bodies, insufficient cold-storage places and demoralized workforce remains a big challenge faced by the facilities in service delivery and decency to the deceased.”


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The controversial blogger cum politician then asked the chairperson of the Sectoral Committee on Health Service, through the Speaker of the assembly, to report on the capacity of the facilities’ cold storage spaces, the condition of the machines, and their maintenance record.

“Whether there have been budgetary allocations in each facility in the last financial year and how the same has been utilized.

Examine whether the facility is understaffed and the reason for the demoralized workforce. Whether the officers working in the facility are adequately facilitated with protective equipment,” he said.

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Alai also asked that the methods of payment for mortuary fees and any outstanding payments to the mortuaries and plans that the sector has put in place to cope with the rising demand for services at the facility be reported on.

There have been concerns by Nairobians over the State of public mortuaries and especially how their loved ones are being and will be preserved, with some being forced to contribute so as that they can instead transfer their loved ones to privately owned morgues, namely Chiromo, Lee Funeral Home, and Montezuma before burial.

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