A Zambian hospital has reportedly shut down its mortuary in Kaoma due to poor power supply, while those who have loved ones in the mortuary have also been called to come for the remains of their loved ones.
A report by the Zambia Watch Dog stated that the country has been experiencinga15-hour loadshedding every day.
In the recent report, Kaoma District commissioner Kennedy Liale Mubanga, said that 15 hours a day loadshedding could not sustain the running of Kaoma mortuary, leading to its closure.
Mubanga’s statement read, “It is hereby notified for the attention of members if the general public in Kaoma District in particular that following the unstable power supply, the Kaoma District Hospital Mortuary refrigeration system has been rendered ineffective. This means that bodies deposited in the mortuary are unable to freeze.
He advised members of the general public to bury bodies of their beloved ones within 24 hours after death has occurred.
He said, “Government, therefore, wishes to solicit the support the support of members of the general public in Kaoma District and surrounding areas in this regard.”
The District Commissioner said the government of President Edgar Lungu “is making efforts to mitigate the effects of power shortages in the country.”
ZESCO is a state-owned power company in Zambia with the largest power company producing about 80% of the electricity consumed in the country.
The loadshedding has paralysed hundreds of businesses since it began a few days ago.