A multi-million human anatomy laboratory and morgue is being built at Thika Level Five Hospital in Kiambu county. The project is funded by Mt Kenya University and the government.
The hospital's medical superintendent Dr Patrick Nyagah on Monday said the Sh300 million two-storey building will be ready by the end of this year. Nyagah said the laboratory will go a long way in boosting medical services in the Hospital and will it to a referral medical institution.
The facility, expected to be one of the biggest in Central and Eastern Kenya. It will ease congestion in the hospital's mortuary which currently serves Thika, Murang'a and parts of Ukamabani. It can only preserve 24 bodies. The new morgue will have space for 150 bodies.
The building will also have modern embalming units and classrooms. The MKU vice chancellor Stanley Waudo said the university is willing to work with the government to ensure Kenyans access good health and education at affordable costs.
Waudo said upon completion the facility will provide training for medical students who are currently only being trained at the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Moi University, denying a large number of interested students an opportunity to pursue the degree.
He said MKU's Bachelors Degree in Medicine has been approved by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board and the university's Senate. Waudo said the course will begin in January next year with more than 80 students.