Lungu needs specialised treatment

 

DOCTORS attending to President Edgar Lungu, who fell ill on Sunday, have recommended that the Head of State undergoes high-tech medical procedure to immediately correct the narrowing of his food pipe that led the president excusing himself from the International Women’s Day celebrations after he felt uncomfortable.

The medical team has since recommended that President Lungu needed specialised treatment abroad to correct the narrowing of his food pipe, a condition that was corrected 30 years ago at the University Teaching Hospital.

Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda told journalists at State House during the second medical bulletin of President Lungu’s condition that the Head of State had a history of Achalasia (a condition of the narrowing of the food pipe) but was corrected 30 years ago.

Mr Chanda said after further tests were conducted at Maina Soko Military Hospital, the results ruled out the earlier diagnosis in which it was reported that President Lungu had suffered from malaria.

He said although the condition was corrected, it appeared that the condition had reoccurred and resulted in the Head of State feeling uncomfortable and excusing himself from the International Women’s Day celebrations.

Mr Chanda said a team of doctors comprising physicians, surgeons, pathologists and radiologists reviewed the results of the second medical examinations and recommended that the Head of State undergoes specialised treatment abroad to correct his condition.

“The medical team attending to His Excellence Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, has explored options of correcting the narrowing of the food pipe that led to the illness of the Head of State on Sunday. The medical team led by Dr Dorothy Kasonde and Dr Dav Kishore has recommended that the Head of State undergoes high-tech medical procedure which is currently unavailable in Zambia and therefore, he has been referred for specialised treatment abroad. President Lungu has a history of Achalasia and this condition was corrected 30 years ago at the University Teaching Hospital and appears to have reoccurred,” Mr Chanda said.

In the early hours of yesterday, Mr Chanda told the nation in a statement that the presumptive diagnosis at National Heroes Stadium on Sunday revealed that President Lungu had traces of malaria and low blood sugar level.

The President’s spokesperson said during the observation at National Heroes Stadium, the low sugar levels was corrected and the Head of State was able to address the parade at his presidential dais.

Mr Chanda said the Head of State was in good condition and that State House would periodically inform the nation on further developments.

President Lungu was hospitalised on Sunday after he fell ill during the International Women’s Day celebrations.

But the Head of State addressed the nation before he was taken to Maina Soko Military Hospital and assured Zambians that although he was feeling unwell, there was nothing to worry about.

State House later allowed journalists to visit the Head of State at his hospital bed who was in his usual jovial mood and told the scribes that he was waiting for his doctors to conduct a comprehensive medical check-up.

The Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) has commended State House for transparently and swiftly handling President Lungu’s health stating that the Head of States effort to address the nation after falling ill meant that he had great respect for Zambians.

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