The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mortuaries and Funeral Facilities Agency, Dr Yaw Twerefuor has revealed that anyone who wishes to work in the mortuary industry would be required to possess a certificate from an accredited institution henceforth.
He revealed that the course which is yet to be introduced in various universities is Mortuary Science which will allow students to study corpses through to funeral homes or mortuaries.
“We have reached out to KNUST with all the necessary documentation for the course to be introduced in the University. There are other private schools in Accra like the Pentecost University that have also shown interest”, Dr Yaw Twerefuor revealed
Speaking on Angel FM Kumasi in an interview, Mr. Yaw Twerefuor revealed that Ghana over the past years has never trained anyone in the formal sector on mortuary science hence the decision to introduce the course in the universities.
“In other countries, it is a degree course but in Ghana, none of our mortuary attendants has a certificate not to talk of a degree”, the CEO bemoaned.
He also noted that the Mortuaries and Funeral Facilities Agency is responsible for issuing accreditation to any educational institution which wishes to run such a course.
“They will have to bring their curriculum for us to certify them to be able to run the course. We will set their questions and supervise their exam”, he added.
According to him, the new regulation will help improve the mortuary industry in the country and also make it more attractive.
The Mortuaries and Funeral Facilities Agency was established by the Health Institutions and Facilities on December 31st, 2011 under ACT 829.
It is responsible for licensing, controlling and regulating facilities connected with the storage, transportation and disposal of human remains.