Chitungwiza Central Hospital has embarked on an expansion drive that will see the mortuary being transformed into a state of the art facility with modern chillers with a capacity to accommodate 64 bodies at any given time.
The hospital, which was opened in 1984 to cater for residents of the satellite town and surrounding areas, now admits patients from Harare, Beatrice, Mahusekwa and as far as Chihota, Marondera and Mutoko.
Director of Operations at the hospital, Mr Washington Machiridza said the old mortuary had a carrying capacity of 16 bodies and can no longer hold the increased numbers.
Chitungwiza Central Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr Obadiah Moyo said part of the money that is being used to expand the mortuary came from the government under the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) initiative.
Work on the expanded mortuary is almost complete and the authorities at the hospital said chillers are expected to be installed beginning next month.