The government of Kenya has directed all morticians to be registered and licensed by end of March 2023.
The Kenya Health Professions Oversight Authority (KHPOA) stated that registering and licensing all morticians will ensure a high standard of professionalism is upheld in the sector.
Dominic Wambua who is a representative of KHPOA noted that mortuary attendants will only be registered if they have gone through training from recognized health institutions.
Moreover, KHPO has been mapping and registering morticians since 2022 and approximately 500 morticians have already received formal training.
Likewise, the authority has been working closely with the Morticians and Allied Professionals Association of Kenya (MAPAKe) to make sure all morticians are trained and registered as health professionals.
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Nonetheless, KHPOA, MAPAKe and The Nairobi Women’s Hospital Celebrated World Mortician Recognition Day together on Saturday, March 11.
Kenya celebrated this event themed “The Last Responders” for the first time ever on Saturday.
Furthermore, in Kenya there are only certificate programmes for teaching and training mortuary attendants at different training institutions.
However, MAPAKe partnered with two public universities in late 2022 to roll out diploma programmes for mortuary attendants in the country.
“We have done a revision of the curriculum and we will soon offer diploma courses for morticians,” a representative from Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital stated.
According to MAPAKe registering and licensing mortuary attendants will clean the image of morticians and eventually weed out quacks who continue to taint the image of their profession.
“We are out here to put up a profession that has been verified and so we do not want people with fake papers in the field,” said MAPAKe.
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