President Edgar Lungu is in South Africa undergoing further medical examinations and he was spotted by a TV news crew from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) walking out of Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg earlier this evening.
According to the broadcaster, “He entered the hospital unaided, accompanied by Zambian deputy High Commissioner in South Africa, Joe Kaunda.”
The TV footage of the 58-year-old President Lungu looking fit and upbeat may dispel some of the nervous rumors circulating in Lusaka following his collapse while officiating an International Women’s Day event.
Speaking to reporters outside the hospital, President Edgar Lungu said he was feeling fine, that he could continue working, but that his doctors recommended that they take further tests to make sure the issue doesn’t cause any future health problems.
Although it was initially believed he suffered from malaria symptoms, the President Edgar Lungu’s advisers later disclosed that he suffers from a condition of achalasia (the narrowing of the windpipe). The president is expected to undergo some tests before returning home, however sources indicate that he is not receiving treatment at Milpark Hospital, but rather another facility. The visit to Milpark was to see another person, sources say.
On Monday, 9th March 2015 President Edgar Lungu’s SPECIAL ASSISTANT, Amos Chanda released the following bulletin of President Edgar lungu’s medical condition.
Lusaka, (Monday, 9th March 2015) – His Excellency Mr. Edgar Lungu,
President of the Republic of Zambia who fell ill on Sunday, March 8, 2015 whilst officiating at the international Women’s Day has left hospital to complete the resting regime prescribed by doctors.
The President has been treated for the low blood sugar level that emanated from the suspected recurrence of the narrowing of the food pipe ( a condition medically known as Achalasia), for which he was previously treated 30 years ago at the University Teaching Hospital. The President was also treated for fatigue and traces of malaria parasites that were initially suspected.
As a result of the suspected recurrence of his Achalasia condition, which could have led to the low sugar level the President experienced, doctors have recommended that President Lungu undertake specialized treatment abroad.
The Presidency is evaluating the advice and will tomorrow decide when the President undergoes the recommended treatment.
The seven doctors attending to the President reached a consensus that they were satisfied that the president was in enough good condition to return home. They emphasized that th president takes sufficient rest to help clear his high levels of fatigue.
Dr. Dorothy Kasonde and Dr. Dave Kishore have authorized this statement on behalf of the other doctors attending to President Lungu.