The Zambia Medical Association, ZMA, has commended the handlers of President Edgar Lungu for their swift action when they advised the Head Of State to withdraw from the 2015 Women’s Day celebrations on suspicion that he could be going down with malaria.
Commenting on President Lungu’s impromptu departure from Independence stadium today, ZMA president Aaron Mujajati said State House demonstrated respect for the public when they publicly disclosed that the President sudden departure was on account of his illness.
“If he had just departed without any explanation, that would have fueled unnecessary speculation”, Dr. Mujajati said in a statement released in Lusaka today. The ZMA president said the swift action by State House medical team conveys the fact that no health issue should be taken lightly but instead be promptly investigated and dealt with quickly.
He further said State House should at some point soon issue a comprehensive statement on the matter for the information of the public who are the major stakehoders in the President’s health. The ZMA president said his organization is, through State House press secretary Amos Chanda, in touch with the President’s Medical Team who has assured us that “there’s nothing to worry about because the President is simply fatigued due to his busy schedule since taking over office and that traces of malaria parasites were detected.”
Dr. Mujajati said the unprecedented transparency exhibited by State House should be institutionalized so that subsequent administrations could handle the President’s health in a predictable fashion. The ZMA leader said his organization’s suggestion for the establishment of the office the Physician General should be the custodian of the institutions and protocols for the management of the President’s health.
Dr. Mujajati said the public announcement was even more timely especially that it was made at the time of celebrating Women’s Day “because women are the primary custodians of health.” The swift action by the President’s medical team should be a challenge to women who should not hesitate to take their children to health facilities should their be any indication that their health may be in danger.