DOCTOR Bruce Bvulani says the death of Dr Vernon Pashi has robbed Zambia of a hard-working up-coming paediatric surgeon.
And Zambia Medical Association secretary general Dr Francis Mupeta says Dr Pashi has left everyone guessing.
During Dr Pashi’s professional service at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) yesterday, Dr Bvulani, who led Dr Pashi and other surgeons in the successful separation of the conjoined twins, said the profession had lost a dedicated physician.
The surgeon was discovered dead in his bedroom by one of his relatives on Sunday morning.
Police sources in Lusaka have disclosed that Dr Pashi was found dead in his room with syringes beside his body.
Unconfirmed reports among some of his close colleagues claimed that Dr Pashi had been abusing anaesthetic drugs, an allegation that his family has vehemently refused.
“We will miss him so much. The profession will greatly miss him because he was an asset not only to UTH but also to the country at large. He was a jovial and enthusiastic young man, who loved children very much,” said Dr Bvulani.
And Dr Mupeta said Dr Pashi was always full of surprises.
“Dr Pashi will be missed by all of us. He was always full of surprises. I am sure some of you were even surprised when I said that the Zambia Army was bringing the body soon. Yes, Dr Pashi was about to join Zambia Army…I am sure some people in here are shocked. He enjoyed leaving people guessing…just like we are guessing even now. He has left us guessing,” said Dr Mupeta.
Dr Pashi’s professional service was followed by a church service at UNZA chapel and was later buried at Lusaka’s Memorial Park Cemetery.