Istanbul, Thursday, April 19, 2018-Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya says Zambia plans to conduct its first kidney transplant this year as part of the robust health sector transformation programme that Government has embarked on.
Dr Chilufya said the health sector transformation programme involves strengthening of primary healthcare and tertiary level services.
“So this year, we are hoping to do our first kidney transplant and we are also investing in human capital like the two colleagues you are talking about, a nephrologist and a surgeon.
“We are investing in appropriate infrastructure that can support tertiary level care including organ transplant,” Dr Chilufya said.
The Minister was speaking in Istanbul yesterday when a delegation from the Turkish Transplant Foundation paid a courtesy call on him on the sidelines of the high-level First International Traditional and Complementary Medicine Congress.
Dr Chilufya also said Government would like to work with the Turkish Transplant Foundation to entrench organ transplant services in Zambia and reduce on the need for treatment abroad.
“This will help us reduce the need for treatment abroad and also improve the quality and scope of services, this will save many lives at home,” Dr Chilufya said.
The Minister was concerned that Zambia was grappling with a disease burden that included ailments like chronic renal disease and chronic liver disease.
He said often times patients that required organ transplant were referred abroad for treatment.
Turkish Transplant Foundation Cigdem Tunckanat said his organization embarked on a technical assistance programme in 2015 from which seven Zambian doctors had benefited.
“The Turkish organ transplant system is very sophisticated and developed, especially in living donor liver transplantation and kidney transplantation and we would like to share our vast experience with our Zambian colleagues and conduct transplantation studies in your country,” he said.
Mr Tunckanat pledged Turkish Transplant Foundation’s commitment to providing technical support to Zambian doctors and to undertake a study tour to Zambia as soon as possible.
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