Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has announced plans to rebrand the City Mortuary, the largest government-owned mortuary in East and Central Africa, to The Nairobi Funeral Home. This move is aimed at improving the facility’s services and restoring dignity to the deceased and their families.
The Governor made the announcement during his visit to the facility over the weekend, where he inspected the ongoing renovations. In a tweet, he emphasized the need to give people dignity, stating, “We must give our people dignity and we will.”
The facility is currently undergoing extensive renovations that will see it equipped with new cooling units and cold rooms. The facelift will also include improvements to the corridors, reception areas, and viewing rooms. Public Health Chief Officer Tom Nyakaba revealed that the facility currently has six functional coolers with a capacity to store 200 bodies. He added that a contractor has been engaged to repair and restore all the coolers to excellent working condition, providing dignified services to Nairobians who have lost their loved ones.
In addition, plans are underway to construct a private wing and a Chapel at the government facility. The Chapel will offer a space for conducting funeral services for those who are unable to secure a church facility. These developments are part of the government’s efforts to enhance the mortuary’s services, ensuring that it meets the needs of the growing population in Nairobi.
The move has been welcomed by many, including funeral service providers, who have expressed their support for the initiative. The rebranding is expected to make the facility more appealing to the public, and the improvements will ensure that families can have a dignified and respectful send-off for their loved ones.