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Lungu to seek treatment abroad

PRESIDENT Lungu reads the Times of Zambia Newspaper in Maina Soko Military Hospital on Tuesday. In the background is his private secretary Daniel Siwo. PICTURE: SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE.

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
A TEAM of senior doctors attending to President Lungu has recommended that he should undergo a high-tech medical procedure abroad to correct the narrowing of the food pipe, special assistant to the President for press and public relations, Amos Chanda has said.
And President Lungu has told his aides to equally undergo medical check-ups because they have been working alongside him for long hours.
Mr Chanda told journalists in Lusaka yesterday that the high-tech medical procedure is currently unavailable in Zambia.
“The medical team attending to His Excellency President Lungu has explored options of correcting the narrowing of the food pipe that led to the illness of the President on Sunday March 8, 2015,” Mr Chanda said.
He said President Lungu has a history of achalasia (the condition of the narrowing of the food pipe) which was corrected 30 years ago at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) and appears to have recurred.
“A team of senior doctors comprising physicians, surgeons, pathologists and radiologists reviewed these findings and recommended immediate correction of this condition,” Mr Chanda said.
He said the statement has been authorised by Dr Dorothy Kasonde and Dr Dave Kishore on behalf of the doctors attending to President Lungu.
And Mr Chanda said the head of state has told his aides to go for medical check-ups because they have been working for long hours.
“The President wishes that we, his aides go for medical check-ups because we have equally been working long hours,” Mr Chanda said.
He was flanked by President Lungu’s special assistant for political affairs Kaizer Zulu and State House permanent secretary Emmanuel Chilubanama.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu was expected to be discharged from hospital yesterday.
President Lungu has since assured that there is nothing to worry about his health after being taken ill during the International Women’s Day celebrations.
“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 on Sunday.
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.



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