IT is not strange in clinical medicine to have a change in diagnosis of medical procedures because test results determine what the doctors say on a daily basis, says Zambia Medical Association president Aaron Mujajati.
Dr Mujajati said the seeming inconsistency in the updates coming from the medical team attending to President Edgar Lungu after last Sunday’s episode were a common happening in the medical field.
He said in clinical medicine, there was nothing wrong with the manner the diagnosis was changing from malaria and fatigue to other medical complications as tests were still going on.
“This happens every day in the field of medicine where one day you are told its malaria, then after test results come you are given another diagnosis, and even change in treatment.
“So maybe because we are dealing with the health of Republican President, a high profile patient, in future we should allow for all the tests to be done and completed before we release any information on the diagnosis,” Dr Mujajati said.
He was reacting to President Lungu’s state of health and change in diagnosis after he suddenly fell ill during the International Women’s Day commemorations at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka. He said that since it was the first time the President’s health was being publicized in that manner, it should be appreciated that updates were actually being released in “real time”, before the final diagnosis.
“It is important to firstly applaud President Edgar Lungu for the kind of honesty he has demonstrated over his health.
“Otherwise, there is nothing strange about the changes in diagnosis, especially in the manner information is coming out concerning the health of President Lungu because it is coming out in real time,” Dr Mujajati said.
The ZMA chief explained it was expected that some people would be very anxious about the information coming from the medical team especially the diagnosis because this was the first time Zambians were getting information about the President’s state of health.
He said ZMA was very impressed with the honesty President Lungu has exhibited in disclosing his health status to the people of Zambia and the confidence he has so far shown in the local health system to manage his illness.
Dr Mujajati said President Lungu has further called on ZMA to be part of his medical team, to help him through his illness.
“Therefore as long as the President allows it, we should be able to help him through this illness successfully.
“The man is not hiding anything about what is happening to him, and as ZMA we shall make sure that we release a comprehensive report after all the medical tests are completed,” he said.
Dr Mujajati said all this was a learning curve for ZMA and the Zambian people, adding that “there was no need to cause alarm or for the nation to panic.”
He called on Zambians to pray for President Lungu and to support him and his family during this period of illness.
President Lungu fell ill on Sunday and medical experts advised he undergoes high-tech medical procedures abroad for further treatment.