UTH to start Kidney transplants


The University Teaching Hospital-UTH- will start Kidney transplants following the launch of a kidney Transplant programme in partnership with Transplant Links Community, a Nongovernmental Organisation from United Kingdom.

UTH Managing Director Luckson Kasonka says the move is one of the efforts by the institution to uplift health care delivery.

Dr. Kasonka has explained at a media briefing at UTH in Lusaka on Friday morning that the first Kidney Transplant Surgery will be conducted on three patients in September this year.

And Dr. Aggrey Mweemba, a Kidney Disease focal point person at the Ministry of Health says the partnership with Kidney Transplant of UK, will help reduce costs of sending patients to India for treatment.

Dr. Mweemba has explained that Government spends between twenty and Thirty Thousand United States Dollars on each patient sent abroad.

He further explained that so far Twenty Patients have already been sent for treatment.

And Dr. Andrew Ready, a Renal Transplant Surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham -UK says His organisation has helped to do Kidney surgeries in different countries in African.

Dr. Ready says the programme is an investment for Zambia.