MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Health Chitalu Chilufya says former President Kenneth Kaunda is in high spirits and enjoying good health.
Dr Chilufya said at a media briefing yesterday that there is no need for the public to panic and speculate about the health of Dr Kaunda, who he said is responding well to treatment.
“Doctors will not be rushed to discharge him; however, this does not mean that he is very sick, he is being taken for physiotherapy for other old ailments,” Dr Chilufya said.
The minister, who later visited the former President, provided an opportunity for journalists to take pictures as proof that he was not on life support machines as speculated on social media.
And State House has described the health of the former President as stable and well enough to be discharged soon.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda said in a statement that doctors are conducting a comprehensive routine medical check-up on the former President.
“Following Dr Kaunda’s admission to hospital, State House has been receiving calls from foreign governments and international media, especially in the wake of fake reports announcing the demise of the revered statesman and some of the reports actually quoted the public broadcaster, ZNBC,” Mr Chanda said.
Mr Chanda has since advised the media to maintain basic decency in reporting and avoid unethical conduct.
He said Dr Chilufya would be giving routine updates on the matter whenever necessary.