The county government will spend Sh80 million to repair Kakamega Referral Hospital’s mortuary.
Making the announcement, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya (pictured) said a new contractor has been engaged to complete the stalled works.
“We are behind schedule because the contractor we had picked proved to be a letdown. We are back on track and the refurbished morgue will be unveiled in November this year,” Mr Oparanya said.
Two years ago, the county government had embarked on a renovation of the facility put the project stalled. When The Standard visited the mortuary, the need for repairs was apparent.
A foul smell wafted lazily through the compound making a visitor’s stay unbearable. The leaking roof gazed pitifully begging for a replacement, while it is difficult to tell when the worn walls were last painted.
Negligence over the years is evident with what was meant to be a reception and storage rooms dilapidated. The bushy compound is now a haven for rodents.
Oparanya however said things will change when the repairs are done. He said the expanded mortuary will offer ample parking space for visitors, a cold storage room, body viewing facilities, a restaurant and a chapel.
Houses to accommodate morticians will also be built.
The governor also said the county will set aside Sh12 million for installation of a waste management plant at the hospital.
He said unlike ordinary incinerators where used syringes, cotton, razor blades and other hospital waste are destroyed by burning, the plant is environmental friendly and will use microfilters to crush the waste.
The incinerator will be built with help from the Belgium government. Oparanya said other smaller health facilities across the 12 sub-counties will be open to use it.