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UTH Successfully conducts its first ever Kidney Transplant surgery

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The First ever Kidney transplant operation in Zambia being conducted at UTH-2018
The First ever Kidney transplant operation in Zambia being conducted at UTH-2018

The University Teaching Hospital has successfully conducted its first ever kidney transplant surgery.

Announcing the development, Health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya said a team of medics and surgeons from India and Zambia successfully conducted the four hour surgery on Wednesday coinciding with Zambia’s 54th Independence anniversary.

The minister has announced that the team was led by a lead Zambian surgeon Dr Michael Mbambiko supported by an expert surgeon from India and a team from India and in conjunction with specialty hospitals from India and the University teaching hospital.

Dr Chilufya says the successful operation eases the pressure and costs of referring patients abroad which costs government about 2 million United States dollars annually.

He states that the surgery is a milestone in attaining universal health coverage and it will make Zambia become a centre of excellence in the region and in turn promote medical tourism.

The minister says there are currently hundreds of patients across the country requiring kidney transplant surgery.

The minister later visited the donor and recipient who are brothers and are in stable condition and recuperating well.

Dr Chilufya has since commended the team that was involved in carrying out the successful surgery.

The minister also officially presented the first ever kidney transplant placard to UTH senior medical superintended Dr Clarence Chiluba saying it is a symbol of freedom to renal failure patients.

And mother to the donor and recipient expressed gratitude to government and the medical team for the successful operation, saying the burden of dialysis has been eased.

The First ever Kidney transplant operation in Zambia being conducted at UTH-2018
The First ever Kidney transplant operation in Zambia being conducted at UTH-2018
Minister of Health visiting the Patient who underwent the first Kidney transplant at UTH
Minister of Health visiting the Patient who underwent the first Kidney transplant at UTH
The team at UTH during first-ever kidney transplant surgery in the Zambia
The team at UTH during first-ever kidney transplant surgery in the Zambia

35 COMMENTS

    • Great news. Organ transplants are quite tricky and require dedicated health personnel and a well equipped health institution for a recipient to recover without fatal complications. I hope UTH is up to the task otherwise this is just window dressing.

    • The minister has announced that the team was led by a lead Zambian surgeon Dr Michael Mbambiko, a full Tonga bull from Chisekeshi. And no Bemba and Tumbuka on the team of surgeons.

    • ding,
      I hope that from this sick statement you have made people will understand why HH and UPND are having difficulties to convince people from northeastern rhodesia that HH will fix it

    • We look forward to the neck transplant on our very own Chishimba Kambwili. We want that stiffness to go so that the man can look left, right, up and down not as if its an Airbus which makes him in parliament to punches from the likes of Sikazwe and Bowman ….

    • @ 1.3 , so what? What has tribe got to do with it? You and Sharon are something else. If you have nothing to say please just keep quiet!

  1. Great achievement folks well done.

    Now UTH itself needs a transplant the dilapidated facility looks horrible.

  2. Does this mean Zambia will now stop evacuating leaders to South Africa for medical care? Forex savings ka ching ka ching.

  3. Zambia conducts first successful siamese twin operation, it’s a foreign Doctor who’s team leader.
    Zambia conduct first successful kidney transplant, again team leader is a foreign Doctor.
    Are you telling me all these years in so many critical medical operations, we can’t carry them out without foreign assistance? Let’s train more specialists.

  4. This is 2018 and this is when Zambia is doing this. The reason why we are behind is because the same leaders who steal your money travel abroad when they get hiv. So they see no incentive to invest in medical facilities at home

  5. Congrats. But the measure of a successful operation lies in the quality of life of the patient. We can only wish the patient the best of health.

    UTH shouldn’t abandon the patient when the Independence euphoria is over. Not mailo mailo ati, “Mr Patient, UTH has run out of drugs to ease that pain. Go to India and buy. ” Stay with the gentleman all the way.

  6. We looks forward to the neck transplant on our very own Chishimba Kambwili. We want that stiffness to go so that the man can look left, right, up and down not as if its an Airbus which makes him in parliament to punches from the likes of Sikazwe and Bowman ….

  7. I believe this squeeze for cash may just be what we need to bring out our latent genius. It has been 54 years mwa bantu it is high time we started doing these ordinary things and stop burning jet fuel for simple procedures. Awe mwe! Well done UTH

  8. Good news! Can the minister assure the patient that the supply of cyclosporine will be free and for life. Otherwise it will a waste of organ!

  9. This human organ transplant business scares the shxt out of me especially after i watched the movies STOLEN PARTS or THE MAN FROM NOWHERE? , hope we as a country have enough regulations and monitoring bodies on human organ transplant business especially for these private clinics.

  10. Congrats UTH team.Indeed, the surgery is a milestone in attaining universal health coverage and it will make Zambia become a centre of excellence in the region and in turn promote medical tourism.

    But UTH even from instruction from above,next time dont turn away C.K when he comes to donate free gifts at the cancer disease hospital.That was just his good will.

  11. The transplant is the easy part. The crucial part is the monitoring phase after the operation. The body can accept or reject the transplanted organ. So don’t go to sleep after doing successfully doing phases one and two of a good job! Phase one is the matching process of the donated organ and the receipient for compatibility. Well done!

  12. That’s good news to start with but my question is wheather we have sufficient drugs
    to prevent the body immune system from repelling the donated organ post operatively .These drugs are supposed to be taken for aperiod of time or for life while the person is still living.UTH should ensure they have enough of these drugs in stoke, otherwise the so called successfull kidney transplant operation will be a failure if a patient dies soon after this major surgery . One thing we need to know is there are many surgeons in the world but the problem is they do not know when to operate and others do surgical procedures for experiments and research purposes.I know zambia has good doctors and can do advanced surgical procedures if the government spent more money in the country’s health…

  13. Care system.life is precious and I am wishing the patient good recovery period and good general health on discharge from the hospital

  14. @Kimbanguist, photo opportunities only. Yes the steroids to keep the transplanted kidney are important. Non of them would think of the aftercare, right now its just who is eligible for 2021 so that the guilty are not persecuted. How they use an innocent worthy cause to exploit our gullible minds!

  15. This good news indeed and congrates to the team for this courage and dedication. One thing i learn from all this that as Zambians lets start believing in ourselves we can do a lot in many areas if only we can have a lot of self esteem and believing in ourselves we can develop this country, its not a political party which can develop this nation but its citizens. The day we start believing in our potential and saying it can be done here in Zambia and by Zambians that is the day this country will move forward. Too much politics in our mind its destroying our country we are one nation and we are all Zambians.

  16. 1.3 ding, “the lead …… surgeon Dr Michael Mbambiko, a full Tonga bull from Chisekeshi”. So you think Dr Mbambiko is a tonga and not a Zambian? That then would mean T Hacks and his followers are all not Zambian. I don’t think Dr Mbamviko and his team would want to hear such trib.al rubissh fit only for upnd dustbins. So no further comment otherwise I lower myself to their level.

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