Coun­cil to bury 19 un­claimed bod­ies

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

THE Lusaka City Coun­cil (LCC) will in the next 14 days bury 19 un­claimed bod­ies at a cost of K32, 000, says Pub­lic Re­la­tions Man­ager Ge­orge Sichimba.

Mr Sichimba said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that the Univer­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (UTH) had asked the LCC to bury the 19 un­claimed bod­ies which had been lay­ing in the hos­pi­tal for some time.

He said the Zam­bia Po­lice Ser­vice had al­ready au­tho­rised the bury­ing of the bod­ies and that ac­cord­ing to a let­ter from UTH, the un­claimed bod­ies had given rise to an un­pleas­ant mor­tu­ary en­vi­ron­ment con­trary to the Pub­lic Health Act Cap 295 of the Laws of Zam­bia.

“Con­se­quently, LCC has caused a pub­lic no­tice in the press about its in­ten­tion to bury the un­claimed bod­ies. This is in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 61, Para­graph 41 of the Se­cond Sched­ule of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act Cap 281 of Laws of Zam­bia,” he said.

He said in ac­cor­dance with the law, 14 days had been as­signed in the no­tice for the gen­eral pub­lic to claim or iden­tify any of the bod­ies and that at the ex­piry of the as­signed pe­riod, all the bod­ies which would not had been claimed would be buried.

Mr Sichimba said this would be the fourth time this year that the coun­cil would be bury­ing un­claimed bod­ies from health fa­cil­i­ties around Lusaka city.

“If no­body will be claimed, the to­tal num­ber of un­claimed bod­ies buried this year will stand at 126 cost­ing, coun­cil over K200, 000. The first batch had 40 bod­ies, the se­cond had 21 bod­ies, the third had 46 and cur­rent one has 19 bod­ies,” he said.

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