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LUSAKA, July 21 (Xinhua) — Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) president Swebby Macha said here Sunday that it is premature to set up a medical board to examine President Levy Mwanawasa’s condition because he is still receiving treatment, according to The Post.

    Commenting on calls by some Zambians including opposition Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata, that a medical board be constituted to travel to Percy Military Hospital, Paris to ascertain whether Mwanawasa was fit for the republican presidency, Macha said a medical board could not be set up while a person was still receiving treatment.

    Macha said the board could only be set up after the treating physicians had indicated that they had treated a patient for a reasonable time but had not recovered.

    “We do not set up a medical board if somebody is still receiving treatment. The board can only be constituted after the recovery period and it also depends on the condition of the patient because some conditions are painfully slow, recovery process is slow in which time the physicians or doctors looking after the patient have been actively attending to that patient. In that case, a board cannot be constituted,” Macha said.

    “It will not be reasonable to set up a board now because President Mwanawasa is still receiving treatment. It takes time to be treated, so it’s up to the attending physicians to say that we have indeed treated this patient for a reasonable time and a medical board can be constituted. To constitute a medical board while a person is receiving treatment will be premature.”

    Macha said the recovery process of a person who has suffered a second stroke or the stroke where the patient has clots in the veins is usually very slow.

    “As a medical association, we feel that even if a person is a public figure, they deserve confidentiality regarding their medical details. But the attending physician should give the information to the family and it’s at the discretion of the familyand of any concerned government officials to decide which information to give to the public. But again the information which is given to the public should be truthful and should not border on breaching confidentiality and privacy of the patient,” he said.

    “Regarding knowing whether the stroke is in the back or front, it’s at the discretion of the family but what is important is to inform the public about the situation.”

    Macha said although Mwanawasa was a public figure and his illness concerned Zambians, giving all the details on his condition would border on breaching his privacy.

    In an interview Sunday, Vice-President Rupiah Banda said Mwanawasa had only been in hospital for two weeks and it was unfair for people to call for the setting up of a medical board.

Editor: Du Guodong
Comment From Zambian Chronicle Below:  


Please keep the first family in your thoughts and prayers; they need them more than any insinuations and Webfetti.cominnuendos right now. Honoring and praying for those who are ill is the most honorable Zambian thing to do … 


Get well soon, Mr. President; can’t wait to fly you back home so you can continue kicking some butt, you got a lot of work cut out for you.


Live Long & Prosper; Long Live Levism … thanks a trillion. 


Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.  

CEO  & President – Zambian Chronicle


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