The Lusaka City Council will in the next 14 days bury 19 unclaimed bodies at a cost of K32, 000.
This follows the request from the University Teaching Hospital for LCC to bury the 19 unclaimed bodies which have been laying in their facilities for sometime now.
Council Public Relations Manager George Sichimba said the Zambia Police Service has already authorised the burrying of the bodies.
According to letter from UTH, the unclaimed bodies have given rise to an unpleasant mortuary environment contrary to the Public Health Act Cap 295 of the Laws of Zambia.
Mr. Sichimba said Consequently, LCC has caused a public notice in the press about its intention to bury the unclaimed bodies.
He said 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.
Mr. Sichimba explained that in accordance with the law, 14 days have been assigned in the notice for members of the general public to claim/identify any of the bodies and at the expiry of the assigned period, all the bodies which will not have been claimed will be buried.
He said this will be the fourth time this year that the Council will be burying unclaimed bodies from health facilities around Lusaka city and if no body will be claimed, the total number of unclaimed bodies buried this year will stand at 126 costing Council over K200, 000.
Mr. Sichimba said the first batch had 40 bodies, the second had 21 bodies, the third had 46 and current one has 19 bodies.