Its important to be open about health matters – Lungu

Republican President Edgar Lungu visits Willie Nsanda
Republican President Edgar Lungu visits Willie Nsanda

Republican President Edgar Lungu says he would be the first to tell the nation if at all he felt that he was not in good health to handle the office of Head of State.

Speaking in an interview with SABC’s Sophie Mokoena who noted that it was extra-ordinary that as head of state he been forthcoming and open about his health status, President Lungu who is in South Africa for medical attention told the reporter that Zambia was coming from a situation where it has lost two of its sitting presidents and that it was therefore important to be open as possible about such matters.

President Lungu said he was feeling fine and was fit to work or even run but that he had to follow doctors’ advice for him to seek medical attention.

He has thanked his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma for making available the medical facilities and for the warm reception that he, together with his delegation have received.

President Lungu said this goes to emphasise the cordial relations that exist between the two countries.

Earlier upon arrival in South Africa President Lungu visited Road Development Agency Board Chairperson Willie Nsanda who is admitted to Milpark Hospital.

President Lungu who was accompanied by the First Lady encouraged Mr Nsanda to remain determined and place his faith in God.

Mr Lungu further narrated events around his illness to Mr Nsanda and pointed out that he had gone to South Africa for medical attention.

This is contained in a statement issued by Press Secretary at Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa Nicky Shabolyo.