The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) on Monday cut the sod for work to start on a mortuary for the Tema General Hospital.
The facility, which is expected to be completed in eight months, would have two cells of cold rooms with a capacity of 1,000 bodies each, offices, changing rooms, washing rooms, embalming area, Muslim area, pay point and reception.
The current morgue, which is dilapidated, has forced the hospital to store bodies of only patients who die on admission.
Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Local Government and Rural Development Minister who cut the sod, thanked the TMA for heeding to his call to make funding available for the construction of the new Mortuary after touring the hospital some time ago.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said the essence of decentralization was to solve such local problems through the local authorities.
He said his outfit would make available to the TMA GH¢100,000 to cater for fluctuations in the contract sum as well as other finishings.