First President of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda was last evening admitted to the University Teaching Hospital – UTH for what health minister Chitalu Chilufya described as minor illness and that he may be discharged tomorrow but some people close to his office said that he has a bout of pneumonia.
“He was initially complaining of flu and medics came and checked on him at his residence but recommended that he be admitted so that he gets close supervision, but after preliminary investigations it was established he has some pneumonia and has since been placed on medication,” said the source who sought anonymity.
It is expected that as soon as he shows some signs of recovery he may be discharged so that treatment can be continued on him as an outpatient.
UTH officials also confirmed the admission of 93 years old KK and added that access to him has been restricted while the hospital has had an increased number of armed police officers to beef up security.
Last time KK had a similar illness that led him to Lusaka Trust Hospital was in 2015 when he suffered a ‘terrible flu’, according to his daughter who also works in his office, Cheswa Kaunda.