The three year old boy with 44 needles and wires embedded in his body has been evacuated from Chipata Central Hospital to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) following a directive by President Edgar Lungu.
Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya who was accompanied by Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe and Chipata Central Member of Parliament Moses Mawere yesterday led a team of experts from UTH to assess the condition of the toddler before he was evacuated.
Dr Chilufya explained that the boy has been evacuated for further treatment because some of the needles and wires were found in the liver, intestines and the diaphragm and will require more specialized care.
He told journalists that the case is a complicated one that will require more expertise for his recovery.
Dr Chilufya noted that the boy’s unique case has drawn interest both locally and internationally.
He commended the team of doctors at Chipata Central Hospital for the way they resuscitated the boy who was in a critical condition when he was brought to the facility on October 22, this year.
Dr. Chilufya stated that government has not only improved infrastructure in the health sector but also placed skilled human resource in all health facilities in a quest to ensure universal health coverage.
He said Chipata Central Hospital is a living testimony as evidenced by the way the complicated case of the young boy has been managed.
Dr Chilufya noted that the child who weighed seven Kilogrammes when he was first admitted to Chipata Central Hospital after being referred from Namuseche Prison Clinic, now weighs 9.2 kilogrammes.
And Presidential Affairs Minister, Freedom Sikazwe has commended doctors at the health facility for their dedication to duty following the manner they handled the boy’s case.
And the boy’s mother, 19 year old Rosemary Jere said she was shocked to learn that her son was found with the needles and wires in his body despite that he has been sickly.
A month ago, young Richard was admitted to the Chipata Central Hospital where 25 of the 44 needles that where lodged in his body in what are so far inexplicable circumstances, have been removed.
Yesterday, Republican President Edgar Lungu commissioned the Health Minister to travel to the Eastern Province to facilitate the evacuation of the Child to UTH.
The Health Minister then led a delegation which included the Presidential Affairs Minister, Hon. Freedom Sikazwe, the Minister of youth and Sport, Hon. Moses Mawere and the Kasenengwa Lawmaker, Hon. Sensio Banda with Medical experts from the University Teaching Hospital, to Chipata Central Hospital, to facilitate the evacuation of the boy.
It is expected that the remaining 19 needles, some of which are lodged in the liver of the child, will be successfully removed.
The case of little Richard who has been dubbed the Miracle Child by Journalists has sent shock waves around the country as nothing of its kind has been witnessed before.
Several people talked to including the mother to the child have said that it can only be an act of witchcraft whilst others have said its possibly one of the worst forms of child abuse recorded in the country.
Investigations are still on going by the law enforcement officials in Chipata.
The Minister of Health has stated that the evacuation of little Richard is evidence of the Presidents commitment to provide the necessary health care to Citizens without leaving anyone behind.