The Lusaka City Council (LCC) says 980 deaths were recorded at the University Teaching Hospital in the past three weeks.

In a statement yesterday, LCC assistant public relations manager Brenda Katongola revealed that out of these, 845 were buried within Lusaka.

“A total of nine hundred and eighty (980) deaths were recorded at the Lusaka City Council (LCC) burial permit office based at University Teaching Hospital (UTH) within the past three weeks. Of these one hundred and sixty four (164 ) were transfers out of Lusaka District, while five hundred and fourty nine (549) were burials within Lusaka City Council’s established cemeteries and two hundred and ninety six (296) were burials conducted in other cemeteries within Lusaka,” Katongola stated.

“The statistics are for the period from 18th April – 8th May, 2017. A total of five hundred and fourty nine (549) burials were conducted in the Lusaka City Council’s established Cemeteries. Out of one hundred and fourty six (146) were burials took place at Old and New Leopards Hill cemeteries, two hundred and fourty six (246) were burials at Chunga, while one hundred and fifty seven (157) burials were at Chingwere cemetery.”

She further stated that 49 bodies were unclaimed at UTH.

“Meanwhile, the Lusaka City Council recently advertised for burial, 49 bodies which lay unclaimed in the UTH for disposal after giving a two-week notice for members of the public who had missing relatives to claim them according to Chapter 295 of the Public Health Act,” stated Katongola.