UTH medical staff successfully performs the removal of a tumor from the middle of the brain

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UTH  team of Neurosurgeons and ENT surgeons in the operating theatre
UTH team of Neurosurgeons and ENT surgeons in the operating theatre

A team of Neurosurgeons and ENT surgeons combined efforts to successfully remove a tumor from the middle of the brain through the nose, a complex operation called Transnasal Trans-sphenoidal approach.

The operation which began at 1400hrs only ended at 21:30 hrs.

This marks the first time that this operation has been conducted by a group made purely of indigenous Zambian surgeons. We celebrate this victory. The patient has woken up and is stable.

One of the surgeons, Dr Kachinga Sichiya says he is on behalf of his team excited at the historic development that will go down in the country’s largest hospital’s history.

“ I am excited at this new development. Many patients are on the waiting list for this operation while a luck few have gone to India for surgery. That is going to be history now.

“We are thankful to our friend Patrick Cameron for buying this equipment which is going to impact many lives, “ says Dr. Sichizya on his Facebook page, today.

He has congratulated his team who included Dr Harrison Phiri, Dr Brian Mwila and Dr Peter Mushenya and Mildred Nakazwe-Chila, Dr Nashati and sister Chileshe, Charity and health assistants Mariya and Amon Silomba.

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58 COMMENTS

    • The most catchy statement ….“We are thankful to our friend Patrick Cameron for buying this equipment which is going to impact many lives, “ …. So your GRZ is busy borrowing for renovating mulungushi for some stupid summit…. We have always known we have brilliant Doctors but no matter how much they complain about lack of specialized equipment … The PF would still rather allocate hundreds of thousands of of USD to make a car park at the hospital. Jokers !!!

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    • @Shooters you took my words. This is sad to see doctors wearing amasaka. Those scrubs are supposed to be very cheap.
      This must be department of Witchcraft Studies.

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    • From the creases in their coverall clothes – I could tell they don’t know what they are doing.

      British, white doctors would have done a more better job, less time and more efficiently.

      Fact.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • The scrubs even look stained, I don’t think they have been sterilised, it’s there fault though. This poor chap may have a successful op only to die from an infection due to dirty scrubs. I don’t earn much but I think I can afford to buy scrubs for the theatre, sad sight indeed.

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    • I know not to say anything when I have nothing nice to say but I am 100% sure the patient will die of an infection; The sterile field has already been breached ( just look at how those doctors are hovering and indiscriminately touching the patient) and who wears cloth scrubs in surgery anymore?
      That procedure takes At least 2-3 hours but it took them 7?! And just out of curiosity, does UTH have trained nurses to know what symptoms to look for as a sign of complication?

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    • Well done UTH….but PR Dept needs to told off as image is everything; those aprons look like you just pulled them from a mop bucket. No one would eat again in a resturant where Chef and waiters’ clothing is untidy even if the food is five stars.

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    • that why i prefer using mine! education is a mockery in zambia, we have a Dr as minister of health! when people complain u intimidate them, saying they are opposition sympathizers! if that guy woke up and saw how they were looking am sure he would collapse.

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  1. FROM THE COMMENTS ABOVE YOU CAN TELL THAT SOME PEOPLE FAIL TO REASON. THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN BUYING A LOT OF EQUIPMENT AND WE ALSO THANK THE WELL- WISHERS WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US. ‘WATOLAPO ICUSHI WASHA UMULILO’

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    • Bwana you don’t need well wishers to buy key equipment and medicines your thinking is flawed …. You tolerate the purchase of all sorts of none priority things and say we need well wishers to help? To put you in perspective would you pay school fees for your relatives child whose Parents has just bought a BMW X5 for himself and a Mercedes C320 for his concubine ? While you drive a Corolla in the name of prudent use of resources ? This is the kind of n0nsense you are allowing in the statement.

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  2. We hope after a few days the patient won’t start complaining of severe headache.Only to discover some drunk Doctor left a surgical blade in there..
    Tragic

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  3. Other countries have been doing these operations since god knows when. And yet Zambia which was once revered for its highly regarded education institutions has only just managed to do this in 2018. Nothing to celebrate. Somethings are best kept to ourselves rather than media to embarrass us. Anyway good riddance because maybe they can operate on lungus and pf cadres scatter brains

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    • Oh so when a Zambian does something it doesn’t count because your masters have been doing it for centuries? It’s a no win situation unless your uncle was the Republican President. Too bad.

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    • Ndanje I did not say ” other masters have been doing these operations since god knows when” Go to south africa or even ghana and you will find that your fellow ethnic africans have been able to do way more advanced operations on their own for years. Some times let us learn to be objective and aim higher in life

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    • I work for the NHS. And no bwana no creases everything is sterilised! And if it is stained it goes to the incinerator, all this paid for by tax payers.

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  4. I don’t see anything wrong with Patrick Cameron donating equipment to the hospital. This happens all the time here in the West. At times, the donor will even go to an extent of demanding the receiving department to be named in memory of their loved ones.

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  5. I have always said that UNZA produces quality graduates.
    Those who doubt that this is the best University in the country should rethink their stand.
    UNZA is at the same level as Oxford, Harvard, UCT, KZN etc. Viva unza. The second could be CBU at par with Mulungushi university. They are also trying to raise the bar of education.

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    • kikiki but you live in cuckooland iwe. ati harvard and oxford. Is this what the PF have been telling you? UNZA was once one of the best universities in africa in the 60s and 70s… not now my friends. Not when you have lecturers striking and on go slow demonstrations because you are failing to pay them. Meanwhile government officials are driving the latest 4x4s and stealing left right centre. IGNORANCE AT ITS BEST

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    • Mr. Wisdom you are right. HH and Mapatizya formula have no idea that what you are saying is true because of their deformed dung brains.

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  6. @Sameless. DONT CHEAT YOURSELF. EVEN THE ARVS WHICH ZAMBIANS ARE SWALLOWING EVERYDAY ALL COME AS DONATIONS FROM PEPFAR AND USAID. INCLUDING THE EDUCATION THAT ALLOWS YOU TO WRITE YOUR BROKEN ENGLISH ALL CAME AS DONATIONS. BE BROAD IN YOUR ANALYSIS. NOT YOUR BMW KIND OF SIMPLISTIC THINKING.

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    • not really.. have u actually read the article? because one patrick cameron donated equipment that was used. therefore you cannot say you are fully self reliant yet.

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  7. Well done Zambian doctors. A lot of us have always known you are amazing. To the PF and UPND cadres above. We are sick and tired of your politicking on everything. So what your uncle is not presidential material, or you other uncle is president and flies way too many times. We are appreciating Zambian excellence here.

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  8. This is Very good Congratulations but now we need the Zambian government to learn to buy these needed equipment and indigenous Zambians to donate such equipment

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  9. Good to see jay jay is back. Jay lusakatimes will block you if you oppose pf. I have been blocked many times but i know how to unblock myself. Next time you are blocked contact me directly and i will get u unblocked

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  10. You can’t announce that the operation is successfull before the post-operation follow up.

    Many things have to be well checked after the operation. Things like trombosis, mrsa, infections, mobility, mental and physical status etc. Atleast if all is well after a month, thereafter announce the success.

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  11. Good journalism would have told us what the incidence of this condition is in Zambia. It would have told us how many of such operations would be carried out in a year. We would have heard how much would be saved to the Zambian taxpayer by doing this operation here.
    As usual in Zambia we jump to congratulations without really asking the right questions. In Health Economics, it is unethical to throw money at an intervention that saves one life at the expense of a million. The Neurosurgical team spent more than 7 hours doing this surgery. Multiply these hours by the number of nurses, anaesthetists, surgeons etc, then time in Intensive Care etc, you ask, is it economical for people who do not do this to do it here? Could those who do it often do it quicker and more efficiently and so cheaply?

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  12. OKEY DOES ANOTHER PERSON NEED TO DONATE A PRESSING IRON TO IRON THOSE THINGS THEY ARE WEARING SURE, AND YOU TAKE A PICTURE FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE, THAT PICTURE ALONE DISCOURAGES MANY TO HAVE AN OPERATION LOCALLY IT SHOWS THAT OUR SERIOUSNESS HAS IMPROVED FROM BAD TO WORSE.

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  13. But UTH management you are a shame!!!!!!!!!!!! So you are also waiting for donations for dry cleaning what our hard working doctors must wear. Successful operation because of donated equipment, unsuccesful maintenance of our brilliant doctors. Shame again UTH for those cloths our Doctors are wearing like they were chewed by cows first.

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  14. This is fantastic news and shows Zambians can do anything if they put their minds to it. The opportunities and challenges in healthcare are great and it stands out as an area desperately in need of investment in order to improve Zambia’s place in the world. World class healthcare research in Zambia? Why not?

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