UTH says the the separated twins are recovering

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Surgeons performing the operation on conjoined twins
Surgeons performing the operation on conjoined twins

University Teaching Hospital has said that the condition of the twins who were separated yesterday is stable. University Teaching Hospital Public Relations Officer Natalie Mashikolo said that the twins who were separated yesterday by a team of doctors at the university teaching hospital are recovering.

Ms. Mashikolo said that the twins; Bupe and Mapalo are currently admitted to main intensive care unit. She said that their condition is closely being monitored by doctors and that the public will be informed on their progress.

Meanwhile, Vice President Inonge Wina has expressed delight at the successful operation of the Siamese twins, Bupe and Mapalo by Zambian doctors at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Yesterday.

The Vice President noted that the joy is shared not only by the parents but all Zambians and extended families because it is a sign of confidence that government’s investment in human resource development of medical doctors, nurses and support staff including the country-wide construction of healthcare delivery infrastructure such as hospitals and clinics is now paying dividends to the nation.

Ms. Wina added that this is so because the capacity to successfully undertake such operations is saving the country millions of Kwacha compared to performing the same exercise abroad.

In a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Permanent Secretary for Administration at Cabinet, Stephen Mwansa, the Vice President further stated that the restructuring of the UTH early last year into specialized hospitals such as the hospital for newborn babies and women is to place special focus on saving lives in the best way possible which is proving to be a successful model.

She indicated that as a mother and parent herself, she can feel the joy in the hearts of the parents to Bupe and Mapalo in that their patience and hope in government’s healthcare system irrespective of the complications that arose out of the birth has paid off.

The Vice President stated that, as the recuperation for the twins is being waited, the operation proves the fact that a child is priceless, despite the deformities that come along.

She said in Lozi, the name Munukayumbwa is given to a child in such situations in order to strengthen parents that even with any form of deformity or complication, a child remains a priceless gift from God and hence, cannot be thrown away.

The Vice President has since congratulated the Ministry of Health management and staff at UTH for the concerted efforts and wonderful works being undertaken even under challenging conditions given and the limited resources to operate at optimum levels.

Ms. Wina also stated that Zambians can be the best in the world if they believed in themselves as the team that operated the twins did, which has now made them a medical asset not just to Zambia but to the rest of the world.

She further noted that the achievements by the Zambian medical personnel and other experts brings pride to the nation and has put Zambia on the world map as a place where top quality healthcare delivery is guaranteed.

Ms. Wina further indicated that she is proud that complicated surgical operations such as the separation of Siamese twins gives more confidence to the public that hospitals in Zambia are the first point of call for all citizens because the country has what it takes to become a Centre of excellence for quality and cost effective healthcare delivery in the region.

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  1. ”The Vice President noted that the joy is shared not only by the parents but all Zambians and extended families because it is a sign of confidence that government’s investment in human resource development of medical doctors, nurses and support staff including the country-wide construction of healthcare delivery infrastructures such as hospitals and clinics is now paying dividends to the nation.”
    So why do you fly to South Africa for treatment of flu?

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    • Why can’t you rise to the occasion and celebrate one national achievement at a time? Does it sound wise to criticise just for the sake of criticism?

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    • The surgical team only mounted a massive celebration without giving any prognosis on the Twins.

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    • This is a national achievement. Give credit where it’s due. Well done everyone that was involved in this. We’re proud of you.

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  2. Zambia has GREAT PEOPLE…let them do THEIR WORK !! KK qualified them and then they were all DENIED the PAYBACK!! WELL DONE UTH TEAM! Zambia shall be FREE !!

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  3. Well done.. But did you get the concent or signatories from the Mother/ Patient that this issue should be publicised?

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  4. @1.2 MB Yes Bo Inonge Wina is a Lozi princess (if that was your Q)
    @3 KAS They probably didn’t. However, the matter has been in the public domain for sometime and is of public interest.
    Congrats #Team UTH. Proud of you! Quick recovery Bupe and Mapalo. All shall be well.

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  5. “Ms. Wina also stated that Zambians can be the best in the world” Did she go through this sentence carefully or never edited the speech,, lets be sincere to ourselves How on earth can we be the best on the world , which world is that anyway ? She forgot to praise the Two WHITE doctors from russia that carried out the operation whilst BLACK doctors we reduced to ndaka doctors and observers despite many of them having higher qualifications on paper than the two WHITE Russian Doctors. I hope the BLACK doctors learnt something though i cant imagine TOW BLACK doctors operating on russian siamese twins ahhh..they would be skinned alive

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    • Very true, I still maintain the operation was by the those white doctors…

      This is not inferiority, mediocrity or anything but reality…

      Black human being is not capable of anything rather witchcraft and sleeping around.

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  6. Well done PF Govnt!!!this is nice.am sure Kainde and Kambwili are very ashamed!!during previous Govnts,this could have not been done.those twins were going to be taken to India or SA!!
    This is what we mean when we say PF MEANS BUSINESS!!The new machines PF has bought for UTH and other medical facilities across Zambia are second to none!!
    COME 2021 NI PF NAFUTI NAFUTI!!

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    • @Njimbu, if you want to give credit to PF for this, then you also need to blame them for the 80 Zambians that died of Cholera, because of PF incompetence, for failing to keep the country clean.

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  7. And Inonge could not miss the opportunity to make this all about herself. Politicians will jump at any opportunity to take the lime light.

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  8. So within 6 years of PF rule they have managed to invest in training the doctors to the level where they are able to perform this delicate operation?
    When did Dr Ngwisha, Tembo, Munkonge et al graduate if I may ask?
    This is a feel good story for Zambian medics and hats off to all the doctors involved. Why try to muddy it with your nonsensical politics?
    When you become irrelevant you become irrelevant and there is nothing you can do to change it old woman!

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    • PF has equipped UTH in the last 6 years to an extent where dr.mubkonge and his competent team can perform complex surgeries with easy.

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  9. Anyoko and WHO Prof Munkonge and Prof Lambert Tuckson are well known Paediatric and Neuro-Surgoens Zambia has ever known. Records of their successful surgeries are well documented world world. You two may not know what they have done on the global medical scene but they have performed high level surgeries within and outside the country. Prof Lambert together with Dr Ben Carson led the team of consultants in the surgery that saw the siamene Banda twins conjoined on the heard separated in South Africa and from that day Carson and Lambert have consulted and performed together. Secondly all the major paediatric surgeries have been carried out by and with Prof Munkonge. Read widely

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  10. This is what we should be reading as news not political campaigns of dancing and singing!
    Thanks UTH & all medical staff that participated in this milestone procedure. Thank you.

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  11. We should be ashamed as Zambians here because we’re such hypocrites. Just see how many comments this wonderful and successful story has attracted, very little. But see how many political nonsense stories attract comments. To me this is news worth reading and hats off to those doctors who have done such a wonderful job. We should get more news like this instead of the usual political news that has literally reduced almost every Zambian to be an adviser. How unproductive we have come to be.

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