The Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) says it is the preserve of the attending medical Doctor to advice whether the country’s Head of State should take leave from work or not.
There have been increased calls that President Michael Sata be allowed to take rest from work owing to his recent public appearance when he opened the current sitting of Parliament.
ZAM president Aaron Mujajati has told Qfm news that the Doctor’s preserve his association has referred to is applicable to any patient whether that individual is a Head of State or not.
Dr. Mujajati has however noted that the patient does on the other hand retain the right to accept the attending Doctor’s advice or not.
He says whatever the situation currently obtaining, the association is guided by the position taken by the President’s attending Doctor’s advice especially that ZAM is not preview to the information about the republican President’s health.
The ZAM president has also advised that much as the allegiance of attending Doctor is to the Head of State, whoever is tasked with this job should protect the integrity of profession by reaming within the confines of the medical ethics.
He says this means making decisions that are usually not popular to the public.
( Sunday 05th October 2014 )