SUVA Funeral Directors Limited will operate the Colonial War Memorial Hospital old wing mortuary after being awarded the outsourcing contract by the Ministry of Health.
And the mortuary will now operate as the Suva Morgue Service Limited.
This was after a Memorandum of Agreement between the ministry and the Suva Funeral Directors Limited for the outsourcing of the Mortuary Services at the CWM Hospital was endorsed by Cabinet in October last year..
The Major Tenders Board awarded the contract to Suva Funeral Directors Limited after a tender was called in July last year.
Company director, Fred Sutch said they started renovating the morgue on Wednesday.
"We are also waiting for equipment from overseas for the renovation," Mr Sutch said.
He said the equipment was expensive which was why it would take them four to six weeks to complete their renovation works.
"The budget for the refurbishment work is a considerable amount," he explained.
The new mortuary will also incorporate new charges. The first two days or part thereof is free while $30 plus VAT per day or part thereof will be charged after the second day.
For the fifth day onwards, $70 plus VAT per day will be charged.
The contract was awarded for two years subject to renewal based on performance.