PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu yesterday underwent an operation to correct his achalasia (a condition of the narrowing of the food pipe) which caused him to fall ill during the celebrations of the International Women’s Day on Sunday.
Presidential press aide Amos Chanda said in a fifth medical bulletin yesterday that doctors attending to President Lungu were happy with the results of the procedure.
He said the results of the medical procedure were good and that the Head of State would be discharged from hospital today contrary to reports by some media houses that reported that President Lungu was discharged on Thursday.
Mr Chanda said the medical team had asked President Lungu to return for medical review in a few weeks’ time.
“His Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia has undergone a medical procedure in theater today (yesterday) and the specialists have managed the condition accordingly. Doctors have said the results of the procedure were good and the President will be discharged from Pretoria hospital tomorrow (today).
The President has been asked to return for medical review in a few weeks’ time,” Mr Chanda said.
He said the Zambian and South African doctors attending to the Head of State were all satisfied with the outcome of the comprehensive medical attention.
Mr Chanda said contrary to a report in some media house yesterday, President Lungu was still being observed by a combined team of South African and Zambian medical doctors in Pretoria and would only be discharged today.
Mr Chanda said he had not issued any medical bulletin after the fourth one on President Lungu and that the story attributed to him (Chanda) in yesterday’s media reports were out of order.
Mr Chanda said yesterday’s story was referring to the facts of the third bulleting when the Head of State was discharged from Maina Soko Military Hospital, a day after he fell ill during the celebrations of the International Women’s Day.
In seeking clarification on reports that President Lungu had been discharged, the Daily Nation spoke with Mr Chanda who said it was not true that the Head of State had left hospital but that his doctors were still observing him.
He said a fifth medical bulleting was either going to be issued yesterday or today and that it was important that the correct information about the health of the President Lungu was given to the public to avoid speculation.
Mr Chanda said he had read the story and that the facts of President Lungu’s discharge from hospital were being quoted from the third bulleting in which it was stated that the Head of State had left hospital to complete the resting regime prescribed by doctors.