President Edgar Lungu’s decision to use Maina Soko and Lusaka Trust hospitals for his medical checkups has given back confidence and respect to the Zambian health system, says the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) president Aaron Mujajati.
Dr Mujajati said it was a welcome development for the Head of State to entrust his health with the local system which was a sign of good things to come for the health sector.
Dr Mujajati said after the days of first President Dr Kenneth Kaunda, President Lungu has become the only Head of State who has given the Zambian medical fraternity such recognition and trust.
“Apart from the first president Dr Kaunda, no other president has been so confident in the local health system, and this act must be supported.
“We are so happy and we hope this continues so that even when he is unwell, he can still rely on the local system to look after him,” Dr Mujajati said.
He explained that President Lungu’s visit to Maina Soko Military Hospital affirms his confidence as a Commander-in-Chief, in the military system of the country.
And Dr Mujajati has appealed to the Government to invest heavily in Maina Soko Hospital to meet international standards in conformity with other military facilities around the world that look after their presidents’ health.
“Our appeal to the Government is that they should invest heavily in upgrading Maina Soko Hospital to international standard like the other military hospitals in the world which are entrusted with looking after the president’s health.
“Our other appeal to Government is for the institutionalisation of the process of looking after the health of the President through the creation of a Physician General’s office as was the case with the Attorney General and the Auditor General, both of which are constitutional offices, so that this thing he has started does not die out when another president comes into office,” he said.
A few days after being sworn in as the sixth Republican President, Mr Lungu undertook a baseline health parameters routine check-up and was handed a clean bill of health at Maina Soko Military Hospital and Lusaka Trust Hospital on Wednesday.