Lusaka city council (LCC) Acting Public Relations Manager Brenda Katongola has maintained that the figures on the number of deaths recorded at the council for Lusaka province are factual.
Last month the Lusaka city council reveled that they had recorded over 980 deaths in a period of three months in Lusaka at their burial permit office at the University Teaching Hospital.
These figures have however been questioned by various sections of society including the ministry of health.
But Mrs. Katongola has maintained and clarified that the figures must have appeared high because they are obtained from deaths recorded from various health posts around Lusaka City.
She has explained to QTV News that Lusaka only has one LCC burial permit office located at the university teaching hospital where all deaths that have occurred in which ever part of Lusaka are recorded.
She has since urged the media not to exaggerate the numbers further clarifying that the recorded deaths did not only happen at UTH but in other clinics both private and government.
This week, Government refuted the recent statement by the Lusaka City Council (LCC) that the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) recorded 980 deaths in three weeks.
Ministry of Health Spokesperson Dr. Kennedy Malama said that the 980 deaths announced are not the patients who died at the UTH in three weeks stating that the University Teaching Hospital had recorded a decline compared to the deaths recorded in previous years.
Dr. Malama said that Members of the public were not well informed and that the statement was interpreted out of context.
Dr. Malama said that UTH did not lose 980 lives in a space of three weeks as reported.
Dr. Malama explaieds that the source of the information was the Lusaka City Council burial permit office adding that it is not a good source of information to link it to UTH because it gives permits to different individuals irrespective of where they died from.
He said that the Ministry together with the Lusaka City Council will engage the media in ensuring that they give the Zambian people the right information stating that some statements are alarming the people when they can be interpret scientifically and made in way that the people can understand.