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Alba Iulia
Friday, September 24, 2021

Death Stalks Lusaka

Health Death Stalks Lusaka

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I have never experienced what I am going through trying to inter my mother.

    • Covid-19 ICU space shortage.
    • Body bag shortage.
    • Grave site shortage.
    • Mortuary space shortage.
    • Burial Services shortage.

My brother and I had to wait for 6 hours before a funeral parlor could pick up my mother’s body and take it to a mortuary. They were overwhelmed by the number of pickups they were doing.
Even then I only got mortuary space because I used my connections. Otherwise mortuaries are packed and bodies cannot be held for long.
Even body bags are in short supply. The poor guys who now took the body to the place where we secured mortuary space where exhausted. It was 20 hours and they were still transporting bodies. We unloaded my mother’s remains into the mortuary and another family were waiting to remove their body for embalming using the same funeral parlor we used.
I felt for the funeral parlor guys we worked with. I noticed their hands were discolored and the guy who saw me looking at his hands mentioned he had washed and sanitized and worn so many gloves in one day that his hands were that color.
We parted ways at 21 hours as they drove off into the night carrying yet another body to the funeral parlor.
We found that cemeteries are fully booked as well. I never expected in my life that I would be told you cannot bury someone within 48 hours. The issue is not the burial space but the overworked staff. They are working at maximum capacity.
I then found myself looking for a coffin. Sold out. Every coffin we could see on their premises was bought.
The funeral parlor also said their hearses and tents were fully booked for the next 48 hours.
We were now used to this story. Full mortuaries. Fully booked body transportation services. Fully booked cemeteries. Now fully booked funeral services. I now expect fully booked priests to perform funeral rites.
Death stalks Lusaka. The number of people dying per day is far above normal and services are strained.

17 COMMENTS

  1. HH advised ECL to lock down the country last year. As always HH was told off. Where are we now? It’s not a pleasant thing to say but who says life is all about pleasant things? Yes death stalks Lusaka, death stalks us all.

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  2. In the meantime, we have a tribalist politician holding campaigns.

    We also have politicians still giving away money and sausages, threatening to leave Zambia when new president is elected.

    Now they are telling us to eat Kandolo instead of bread.

    Vote wisely.

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  3. GOD CANNOT HELP ANYBODY EXCEPT IN THEIR OWN MIND
    IT IS ONLY US THAT CAN DO THAT
    THIS GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED HOPELESSLY DEALING WITH COVID BUT THE DEAL VERY WELL WITH ENPOWERMENT FUNDS
    AND FUNDING PEOPLE TO CROSS OVER PARTY LINES
    THE CHOICE IS YOURS

  4. For your information South Africa and many countries across the globe have been through lockdowns and it didn’t help in the least bit.

    The fact of the matter is deaths even took place there and they are even taking place here. There is no escape to death

    The amount of economic damage that lockdowns have done cannot be adequately emhpasised. It has put tens of millions to poverty in the name of “saving lives” which never occurred.

    Rather more people died in those countries where they implemented lockdowns then in countries with no lockdowns.

    U can compare Tanzania and South Africa and Nigeria and so forth.

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  5. Where is the funds meant to fight Covid19. If those funss were available atleast body bags, oxygen and ICU space can be procured. With the same funds more workers can also be hired help put the dead into morturies.

  6. This isnt about partisanship baba. How would locking the country down last year have helped the situation now?
    What of the countries which locked down and still going through the same too many deaths?
    And what of the the people who didnt want campaigns to be suspended, as they said it was a political gimmick?

  7. We are a facing a catastrophe. The education of our children is grounded. Jobs have gone under, especially in the informal sector. Church has turned out to be a mere social club of meeting for an hour to worship. Folks these are strange happenings that should cause us to question our very existence on this planet. Last time it was water; But it will be FIRE next time!

  8. We are facing a catastrophe. The education of our children is grounded. Jobs have gone under, especially in the informal sector. Church has turned out to be a mere social club of meeting for an hour to worship. Folks these are strange happenings that should cause us to question our very existence on this planet. Last time it was water; But it will be FIRE next time!

  9. You people here, what have you done today to help with covid?? Nothing, absolutely nothing you madafakas!

  10. Such apocalyptic headlines are irresponsible in my view. No doubt things are bad but they could be even worse than this. What people forget is that we’re dealing with a disease that is relatively simple to control and has very high recovery rates compared to other epidemics like Ebola or Cholera where mortality rates are much higher and chances of recovery are very slim. We should take courage and celebrate life, not paying hommage to death.

  11. I sympathise with all who are going through this. There is nothing more insane in the world than to say, ‘Even others are also in this situation.’ We must always learn from other people’s mistakes and experiences. The UK learned from Italy and what happened in Italy never happened in the UK. The mortality rate has remained below 1% in spite of the myriad infected. Everyone will catch covid at some point in life and one day it will be just a normal and usual flu, BUT we must not allow too many people to be infected at once to overwhelm the health services. We learned this in the 1990s from AIDS. Everyone makes mistakes but they should not be repeated.

  12. I only wish most Zambians can learn how to use face masks properly: “By covering both the mouth and nose” and not the mouse only.

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