PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has commenced his medical review here for the first time since he fell ill during the commemoration of the International Women’s Day at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
The President checked in at Johannesburg hospital in South Africa on Tuesday after the closure of the 25th African Union (AU) summit at Sandton Convention Centre.
President Lungu was seen by a team of doctors and his special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda said the Head of State would be advised about what would happen after his review.
Mr Chanda told journalists in Johannesburg on Tuesday that President Lungu was being assessed and that the doctors would advise on the next action.
Last week, Mr Chanda said President Lungu was going to use the time he would be in South Africa for the AU summit to undergo his medical review which he had not done in the last two months after falling ill.
“The AU summit has ended and most of the Heads of State have left for their respective countries. President Lungu has however decided to undergo his medical review after falling ill during the International Women’s Day. This is the first time the President is undergoing his medical review and the doctors have seen him and are accessing him. They will advise what would be the next step to take,” Mr Chanda said.
When President Lungu fell at the Heroes Stadium, he was treated for malaria and later his medical team discovered that the Achalasia ailment he had suffered in his childhood had recurred.
And Mr Chanda said President Lungu was satisfied with the outcome of the African Union Summit and that the Head of State was happy that the union had recognized Zambia as a pioneer of gender equality in Africa.
Mr Chanda stated that President Lungu was happy with the theme of the AU summit which was about empowering women and making their contribution to the economic development of Africa.
He said the Head of State was determined to implement the resolution to confine the hand-hoe to the museum so that it could be replaced by mechanized tillers and improve not only women’s productivity in agriculture but to make their farming more productive.
Mr Chanda said taking the hand-hoe away from women was close to the heart of President Lungu who had been passionate about gender equality and the desire to end child marriages.
He said the Head of State was happy with the changing mechanisms in the financing of the African Union and the launch of the Free Trade Area on the continent that would see the trade barriers broken.
And Mr Chanda said President Lungu has dedicated the award Zambia won from the just ended AU summit to the women of Zambia for their unfettered contribution to the development of the country despite their marginalization.
He said President Lungu was paying tribute to former president Michael Sata who had propelled the gender equality agenda by appointing a number of women as provincial police commissioners in the ten provinces across the country.
Mr Chanda said the award would not only inspire him to continue appointing women into decision-making positions but also encourage his ministers to work even harder to achieve the desires of the AU.
He said there was a mark of departure from the traditional way of how journalists were supposed to cover the AU summit.
He said Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba would be making a presentation to the AU on why the media was being denied access to a number of open events that were supposed to be covered by the media.