Coffin sellers at Zambia University Teaching Hospital have been given up to March 2020 to find an alternative place for their business, failure to which they will be relocated to graveyards, reports Zambia Daily Mail.
Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa said in an interview with the daily, that he has given the coffin traders three months in which to relocate because hospitals are not appropriate places for that kind of business
The traders had opened shops outside the hospital, which also has a mortuary.
Patients and their relatives are reported to have complained to the local authorities, prompting the ultimatum.
Mayor Sampa was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying the coffins sellers were depressing patients, making it hard for them to recover.
He advised that they find an alternative location for their shops or be relocated to graveyards.