LCC to bury 29 unclaimed bodies at UTH mortuary

By Staff Reporter

The Lusaka City Council (LCC) is expected to dispose of 29 unclaimed bodies at the University Teaching Hospital mortuary.

According to letter from UTH, the unclaimed bodies which have been laying in the mortuary for some time now, have given rise to an unpleasant mortuary environment contrary to the Public Health Act Cap 295 of the Laws of Zambia.

Public Relations Manager, George Sichimba said in a statement yesterday that the bodies have also caused congestion in the mortuary hence the need to decongest the facility.

He said that LCC will cause a public notice in the press about its intention to bury the 29 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.

Sichimba disclosed that in accordance with the law, 14 days will be assigned in the notice for members of the general public to claim/identify any of the bodies and conduct burial.

“At the expiry of the assigned period, all the bodies which will not have been claimed will be buried,” he said.

He said that this would be the first time this year (2019) that the Council would be burying unclaimed bodies from UTH and the exercise was likely to cost over K50, 000.

Last year (2018), the local authority buried126 unclaimed bodies costing the institution over K200, 000.