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Doctors now say President Lungu suffered from Achalasia

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File: Edgar Lungu

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President Lungu’s Spokesperson Amos Chanda has issued another statement saying the Head of State fall down at Women’s Day celebrations due to achalasia, a condition caused by the narrowing of the food pipe.

Yesterday, Chanda and Lungu himself told the nation that he had high level of fatigure and traces of malaria that caused him to fall on the podium while gracing the Women Day celebrations.

But in a Medical Bulletin on President Lungu’s condition authorised by Doctors treating the President update made 1am Monday, Chanda said the achalasia had recurred.

“The Nation may wish to know that President Lungu has a history of the narrowing of the food pipe (medically known as achalasia), which was corrected 30 years ago at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH). The tests have revealed that this condition may have recurred and could have led to the low sugar condition the President experienced during the Women’s Day event,” reads Chanda’s statements in parts.

Chanda says a team of senior doctors comprising physicians, surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists, reviewed these findings and recommended immediate correction of this condition.

Below is the update in full:

MEDICAL BULLETIN ON PRESIDENT LUNGU’S CONDITION: 01:10am ZAMBIAN TIME

Lusaka, (Monday, 9th March 2015) — His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia fell ill today while officiating at the Women’s Day celebrations.

At Heroes Stadium, the presumptive diagnosis revealed traces of malaria and low blood sugar level. During his observation and treatment the low sugar level was corrected and the President was able to address the parade on the podium at Heroes Stadium. The President was later taken to Maina Soko Military Hospital for medical tests and observation.

Medical tests carried so far ruled out full malaria infection.

The Nation may wish to know that President Lungu has a history of the narrowing of the food pipe (medically known as achalasia), which was corrected 30 years ago at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

The tests have revealed that this condition may have recurred and could have led to the low sugar condition the President experienced during the Women’s Day event.

A team of senior doctors comprising physicians, surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists, reviewed these findings and recommended immediate correction of this condition.

The President is in good condition and the nation shall be informed on further developments. I will return to issue a second Medical Bulletin at 10:30 am Zambian time on Monday, March 9,2015, at State House in the Briefing Room.

This statement has been authorized by Dr. Dorothy Kasonde and Dr. Dave Kishore on behalf the doctors attending to President Lungu.

Issued By:
Amos Chanda
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
(PRESS & PUBLIC RELATIONS)

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