The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka has disposed-off over 40 unclaimed dead bodies at a cost of K8, 000.
UTH Public Relations Manager Mwenya Mulenga disclosed that 43 bodies were buried in August alone this year at the Old leopards Hill cemetery.
Mr. Mulenga told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that of the 43 bodies buried, 41 are males while two are females of different ages.
“In August 2015, we had 43 BIDs which we disposed off and we spent K8, 000 to execute this exercise which has proved to be a big challenge but l thank our cooperating partners the LCC as well as our hospital staff for the services rendered,” Mr. Mulenga said.
He however, appealed to members of the general public to take keen interest in checking for their missing and deceased relatives at the country’s biggest health institution.
Meanwhile, Mr Mulenga has appealed to other health institutions to desist from making un-necessary’ referrals to UTH.
Mr. Mulenga said only genuine and critical referrals will now be considered as part of measures aimed at helping de-congest the hospital.
“Patients who congest our hospital are those from other health centres such as Chilenje, Kanyama and Mtendere who are referred here even when they have got capacity to address or treat illnesses. My plea to the medical personnel out there is that let them desist from referring patients to us (UTH) un-necessarily,” he said.