President Lungu leaves for specialist treatment in South Africa

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at Chawama Basic school on March 10,2015
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at Chawama Basic school on March 10,2015

President Edger Lungu has left for South Africa for specialist treatment .


This follows recommendations made by the team of doctors that attended to him over the weekend when he fell sick on Sunday during commemorations for the international women’s day at the Heroes stadium in Lusaka.


President Lungu is suffering from a condition called Achalasia which is the narrowing of the food pipe.


A team of senior doctors recommended that the President undergoes a high-tech medical procedure which is currently unavailable in Zambia.


The doctors referred President Lungu to seek specialized treatment abroad as the procedure could not be done locally.


Speaking to journalists at Kenneth Kaunda international airport shortly before departure for South Africa this afternoon , Mr  Lungu explained that his team of doctors consulted their fellow doctors in South Africa hence his going to that country.


President Lungu did not specify as to when he will be expected back into the country when asked by the journalists.


Mr Lungu however stated that his coming back home will be determined by the doctors attending to him in South Africa.


President Lungu said the nation will be informed once the doctors relieve him to travel back home after attending to him.


Meanwhile President Lungu says he has welcomed the decision by the Medical Doctors Association to be sending a doctor to check on the progress of his recovery while in South Africa.


He said the Medical Association is free to send a doctor time to time to check on him whether he was improving or deteriorating.

President Lungu said he wants to live and carryout the job the Zambians elected him to do on their behalf.


President Lungu has a history of Achalasia a condition of narrowing of the food pipe which was corrected 30 years ago at the University Teaching hospital and seemed to have since recurred.


Mr Lungu is accompanied by the First lady Esther and his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.


President Lungu was seen off at Kenneth Kaunda international airport by Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula who will act as Republican President and also Defence Minister, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, Secretary to Cabinet Roland Msiska, Service Chiefs, Lusaka Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta and PF Secretary General Davis Chama.