Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda says president Edgar Chagwa Lungu, on Friday underwent ‘a medical procedure in theatre’ and ‘the specialists have managed the condition accordingly’.
Chanda said the ‘Doctors have said the results of the procedure were good’. He said that as such, the President would be discharged from a Pretoria hospital today Saturday, 14th March 2015. He said the President had been asked to return for medical review in a few weeks’ time.
The Zambian Watchdog however maintains that president Edgar Lungu was diagnosed with advanced throat cancer which is just one of the many parasitic diseases he is assailed with.
The Watchdog further maintains that Lungu was advised to seek medication in Pakistan or India where such cancer operations are conducted using methods not yet approved by the World Heath Organisation (WHO).
The Watchdog wrote on Friday that South African Doctors recommended that president Lungu either proceeds to Pakistan or India or just be brought back home as nothing much could be done for him in that country. Now he is being brought home.
Amos Chanda is correct to some extent as he says the president underwent ‘a medical procedure in theatre’ and ‘specialists have managed the condition accordingly’.
This actually fits in and rhymes with what the Watchdog reported on Friday. Doctors in Pretoria were not seeking to cure Lungu but to manage his condition. So, like Chanda said, what happened was just a procedure in theatre to manage the cancer, for now, so that he could travel to Zambia. In short, South African doctors put president Lungu on palliative treatment instead of curative treatment. Palliative treatment is simply to alleviate symptoms, control pain and improve the the patient’s quality of life.
It is believed that during the procedure Chanda is talking about, the president was inserted with Procter-Livingstone or celestial end oesophageal tube.
This is a device meant to overcome the stricture (narrowing) of the oesophagus (food pipe) and allow the patient to swallow food without difficulty.