The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Mengo Hospital Gets Mortuary Services

Mengo hospital has entered into a partnership with a private firm, A-Plus group, to manage its mortuary and provide modern funeral services.

According to a deal signed recently, A-Plus takes over the hospital's mortuary, which has been renamed Mengo Funeral Parlour.

Speaking recently at the official launch, A-Plus group chairman Mike Sebalu said they would upgrade the mortuary to include modern services such as advanced storage of bodies, embalmment, postmortems, dressing, caskets and international repatriations.

The parlour will also provide space in its compound for vigils, a service that comes in handy for city residents who are tenants and whose landlords bar them from holding such events in their homes. The cost to keep a body at the parlour is Shs 30,000 for the first day, and thereafter Shs 10,000 is charged per day.

Ronald Zaake, the managing director of A-Plus, said the facility was "a one-stop 24-hour centre where we handle services at a professional level to create convenience to the bereaved families and offer more jobs to the public."

Geoffrey Kihuguru, the executive director of the Insurance Institute of Uganda, applauded A-Plus for partnering with insurance companies to come up with packages on funeral management.

Richard Kiboneka, the chairman board of directors at Mengo hospital, said the partnership would see Mengo staff concentrate on saving lives.

A-Plus will soon launch similar services at St. Anthony's hospital in Tororo and Lacor hospital in Gulu, the company announced.

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