The mortuary apart from the preservation and preparation of bodies for burials, is also used for teaching by three departments: Human Anatomy, Forensic Medicine and, Histopathology. The unit also provides practical, tutorial, clinical and medico-legal autopsies. Mortuary staff consists of three pathologists, a receptionist, three mortuary attendants, an accountant, secretary, two cleaners and a gardener.
There is a committee which oversees the running of the Mortuary. This committee controls the functions of the Mortuary. The Committee has 7 members whose Chairman is the hospital chief pathologist. The functions of this committee are:
- To advise the administration on the services of the mortuary.
- To work out the required members of personnel working in the Mortuary and design job descriptions for them.
- To design and harmonize exemption and waiver documents and assign designated Officers to be working on them.
The efficient and compassionate services provided by the Mortuary personnel are appreciated by many relatives who bring/take their bodies.
These services include.
- Preservation and embalming of the bodies.
- Performing autopsies.
- Supplying relatives and the police with necessary documents (post-mortem reports, burial permits etc).
The Mortuary operates 24 hours a day to receive bodies from the hospital, police cases and referrals from local and other health institutions requiring storage or for medical legal examinations. Since the amalgamation of the two mortuaries, more than 800 post-mortem examinations (clinical and medico-legal) are performed yearly. Clinical autopsies are done in the presence of students and doctors to establish the nature of disease and compare clinical symptoms with morphological findings.