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Don’t worry, says Lungu

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu with First Lady Esther in the VIP ward at Maina Soko Military Hospital where he was being observed by doctors on Monday. PICTURE: SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE.

CAROLINE KALOMBE & KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu has assured that there is nothing to worry about his health after being taken ill during yesterday’s International Women’s Day celebrations in Lusaka.
“I am feeling much better and I have been told I have high levels of fatigue and should take some rest. There is nothing to worry about,” President Lungu said.
Mr Lungu excused himself from the celebrations when he felt unwell and delegated Minister of Gender and Child Development Nkandu Luo to take charge of the remainder of the women’s parade.
President Lungu was compelled to leave the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka where the celebrations were taking place earlier than planned after doctors conducted a snap test in the holding room, which detected high levels of fatigue.
His special assistant for press and public relations, Amos Chanda, said this in a statement released yesterday.
“Doctors detected high levels of fatigue. After a snap test in the holding room, traces of malaria were detected. Due to this illness, President Lungu was forced to leave Heroes Stadium earlier than planned,” Mr Chanda said.
He said doctors at Maina Soko Military Hospital conducted comprehensive medical check-ups on the President and observed him.
At the hospital President Lungu said he has been diagnosed with malaria and has been placed under observation by doctors whom he said have done their best.
Mr Lungu told the press  that he was, however, looking forward to going back home.
“I am in their hands [doctors]. I’m looking forward to going back home.
“What do you want me to say, you saw what happened at the stadium,” President Lungu said jokingly.
On Friday, the President officiated at the launch of former President Kenneth Kaunda’s re-launch of his book “Zambia shall be free” from 19:00 hours to 23:20 hours and on Saturday, he chaired the Patriotic Front (PF) central committee meeting from 09:00 hours to 18:00 hours.
Mr Lungu later in the night met provincial officials and chiefs.
Meanwhile, Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) president Aaron Mujajati says the medical fraternity is excited that President Lungu has come out to announce to the nation that he is not feeling well.
Dr Mujajati said the spirit of transparency demonstrated by President Lungu must continue because it is very important for the people to know how he is faring.
“We also need to understand that presidents are human beings who also get tired. We are happy for President Lungu’s goodwill,” Dr Mujajati said.
He also said President Lungu immediately  went for a medical check-up shortly after assuming office and made public his tests results.


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