Some mourners caused commotion at Kafue District Hospital mortuary when they could not find the body of their relative in the mortuary as they were preparing for burial.
Confirming the incident to ZANIS in Kafue , Acting District Medical Officer Chiza Simpungwe said the hospital received a Brought In Dead body of a woman aged 107 years which was put among other bodies in the hospital mortuary on Friday the previous week.
Dr. Simpungwe added that the relatives could not find the body in the mortuary when they came for burial, on Monday and this annoyed them hence gave the hospital staff a tough time.
The medical officer further said it was discovered that the body was buried over the week-end by a different family who mistook the body for their male relative.
In addition, Dr. Simpungwe, said the two families later agreed to exhume the body with the help of the council, hospital environmental staff and Zambia police, which was later reburied by the rightful relatives.
He attributed the confusions to some religious beliefs which does not allow body viewing and other related myths.
Dr. Simpungwe has since appealed to the public to ensure that they correctly identify the bodies of their deceased relatives to avoid such confusions and misunderstandings.
A representative to the family that could not find the body of their relative, Mary Nkawaga expressed sadness at the state of affairs.
Ms. Nkawaga however said the family was happy that their grandmothers’ body has been put to rest in a dignified manner.