KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH) is ready to conduct the first-ever kidney transplant operation.
Speaking after the tour of the adult hospital’s renal unit by medical personnel from Lesotho, UTH adult hospital senior medical superintendent Clarence Chiluba said Zambia has equipment and qualified personnel to conduct kidney transplant.
Dr Chiluba said the institution is ready to conduct four kidney transplants before the end of the year.
He also hailed the Ministry of Health’s enhanced renal dialysis services at renal units in the various hospitals owing to the powerful equipment that Government has procured.
“UTH is now at a stage it can be called a centre of excellence in renal services and is also training other medical personnel from other countries in renal services.
“We have done a number of trainings within the region and we have trained people from Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe to help the region improve in their renal services,” he said.
He said the institution is only managing renal patients who have been operated on in India and other countries.
“We want to ensure that we become a medical hub in the region that shall also promote medical tourism,” he said.
And Lesotho’s director-general for health services Letsie Nyene said her country will replicate what they have seen in Zambia.
She said her delegation’s visit to UTH was meant to assess the country’s health services and transfer some of its aspects to Lesotho.
“We came here because we have good relations with Zambia and our doctors have been trained here in Zambia in the past,” she said.