SEVEN Zambian children are in Israel to undergo open heart surgery.
This follows the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the Ministry of Health and the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation (SACH).
Ministry of Health head of communications and external relations Stanslous Ngosa stated that following the signing of the MoU, 32 children were screened for immediate surgery, of which 20 were selected to be operated on.
“The first batch of seven arrived in Israel on Thursday, 30th November, 2017 accompanied by their guardians and a nurse from the University Teaching Hospital. The second batch of eight children is earmarked for the first quarter 2018, to be accompanied by the doctor earmarked for training. It is envisioned that while training is ongoing for the selected candidates, operative missions be conducted as an intermediate measure that will seek to reduce the current operative list,” Ngosa stated in a press release issued today.
He stated that the increasing number of patients requiring open heart surgery in Zambia, coupled with limited specialised local personnel, necessitated training of health care professionals in the country to address the gap.
Ngosa stated that against this background, President Edgar Lungu, during his recent visit to Israel, accompanied by health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya, engaged Save a Childs Heart Foundation (SACH) with a view to develop a partnership aimed at addressing the identified needs in the short, medium and long term.