"Strong Woman": Brave Mortician Gives Tour of Morgue, Social Media Users React

"Strong Woman": Brave Mortician Gives Tour of Morgue, Social Media Users React

  • Mary Ngunjiri, a mortician at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), gave netizens a virtual tour of the facility
  • Taking to Facebook Live via the hospital’s page, she showed the different sections where they keep the bodies
  • Ngunjiri also explained receiving and releasing bodies, earning praise from netizens

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A mortician working at the KNH has caused quite a buzz online after giving a live tour of the facility.

KNH mortician giving tour.
Mary Ngunjiri, a KNH mortician, gave a tour of the mortuary. Photos: KNH.
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Tour of KNH morgue

On Wednesday, April 6, Mary Ngunjiri went live on Facebook while walking around the mortuary.

She started in the public wing of the facility, which has wooden doors on the fridges.

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“We preserve bodies in these fridges when we bring them from the hospital.”

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Ngunjiri further noted that the bodies of the men and women are kept separately while showing the different sections, including a different place for children's bodies.

“We don’t mix bodies,” she said.

The mortician also showed a place where loved ones can see the deceased after being prepared in a different room.

Ngunjiri noted that the fridges are kept at different temperatures depending on the state of the body.

"We try ensure that they remain in the same conditional and are recognisable to relatives.”

She also shared a tour of the private wing and a room for embalming the bodies.

"No entry, chemical hazard," a sign on the door read.

There is also a different room for dressing the bodies before relatives pick them up for burial.

Ngujiri also pointed out a section where post-mortems are done while explaining the importance of tags.

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“We have a record room with a sheet with the body tag number. They identification numbers are unique to each body.
They do not change even if the body is moved to another mortuary.”

Social media reacts

Many Kenyans lauded Ngunjiri for sharing the information. Here are some of the comments:

Geraldine Oduor:

“A very strong woman. May the Lord protect, keep you and your family!”

Shiro Gichuru:

“It’s so encouraging to have a woman in that position. Bravo!”

Enock Pascal:

“How do you survive mentally? Do you people sleep in peace?”

Someone contacted me to buy water used to bathe dead bodies for rituals - Mortuary man speaks

YEN.com.gh previously reported that Richard Kofi Jordan, the general secretary of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana, has passed commentary that some persons buy water used to bathe corpses to perform certain spiritual rituals.

The general secretary's remarks confirm rumours that have lingered over the years that some mortuary attendants sell water they use to bathe dead bodies, which is believed to have spiritual potency to buyers for rituals.

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Confirming the practice, Richard Kofi Jordan revealed that he was contacted recently by someone to provide such water, but he declined the offer.

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