Zambia will in September this year conduct its first ever kidney transplant surgical operation.
This will be made possible through a skills transfer partnership entered into between a United Kingdom based charity Transplant Links Community (TLC) and the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, UTH Managing Director Lackson Kasonka disclosed that in September alone three kidney transplants are envisaged to be performed.
Dr. Kasonka who was flanked by a delegation team from TCL said the commencement of kidney transplant operations by the UTH will now become part of other already existing programs such cardiac programs which are an effort aimed at enhancing health service provision to the people.He said UTH considers the commencement of Kidney transplant surgical operations as another independence gift to the Zambian people.
UTH managing director Luckson Kasonka said the first kidney transplant operation will be conducted with the help of surgeons from the United Kingdom (UK).
“For a start, kidney operations will be done with the help of our friends from the UK, then we will gain momentum to do these operations,’’ Dr Kasonka said.
Speaking at the same media briefing Transplants Links Community Chief Executive Officer Jennie Jewitt-Harris indicated that her charity expects to be involved in the country’s kidney transplant program for some time to come.
Dr. Jewitt-Harris said this is in order to ensure that the program develops and is sustainable.Earlier TCL surgeon Audren Ready expressed optimism that the commencement of kidney transplant operations will open a door for a new hope for Zambians on Dialysis.