The management of Lashibi Funeral Homes (LFH) and Dodge Company, suppliers of embalming chemicals, will collaborate with stakeholders to institute training programmes for mortuary attendants, to upgrade their knowledge and improve service delivery.
Dr Andrew Akutu, the Managing Director of LFH, said little attention was given to mortuary attendants in the discharge of their duties, adding that his outfit would train personnel operating in the field, to be abreast with modern ways of preserving corpses for burial.
He stressed that most mortuary attendants had no knowledge in professional embalming of corpses, and were regarded as casual workers, saying it was necessary to build their capacities to upgrade their knowledge in the field.
Dr Akutu said these at a news briefing to announce their partnership with Dodge Company, the sole distributors of chemicals and mortuary related products, in the country in Accra.
He said the partnership would enable LFH to supply all mortuary chemicals to other funeral homes in the country, to improve their services in an efficient and effective manner.
Dr Akutu indicated that the Ghana Standards Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency had given approval for the importation of mortuary chemicals.
The Managing Director said the LFH was conceived by the late Dr Kwame Nyaho Tamakloe, the founder of Nyaho Hospital Centre, in the 90s due to the absence of a comprehensive funeral services in the country.
He expressed concern about the inability of government agencies to regulate the activities of companies engaged in funeral services, describing the situation as a threat to health of the citizenry.
Dr Akutu called on government to initiate a policy direction to regulate the activities and ensure proper supervision of funeral homes.
Mr Mathew Hall, the Global Marketing Director of Dodge Company, said the partnership would build synergy between funeral homes in training practitioners in the sector, and encourage the growth of multi-practice in selling mortuary chemicals.
According to him, LFH met the criteria to be part of the Dodge family and pledged to continue with the partnership to advance the professional touch of its practice in mortuary services.
Mr Hall commended the operations of LFH, describing their setups as professional and quality that met international standards, hence the need for them to collaborate with them to improve service delivery in the sector.
Dr Janet Tamakloe, the Board Chair, LFH said their partnership with the Dodge company would add value to the operations of proper preservation of corpses and to improve on their services.