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Lundazi girl with rare genetic disorder evacuated to UTH

A 16 -YEAR-OLD girl of Lundazi district who suffers from a rare inherited disorder has been evacuated to University Teaching Hospital from Chipata Central Hospital.

Speaking when Eastern Province minister Makebi Zulu visited the patient at Chipata Central Hospital yesterday, senior medical superintendent Dr Mbinga Mbinga said the facility did the basic evaluation of the patient.

“We have done our preliminary or basic evaluation of the patient and indications so far are that we are dealing with a rare inherited disorder. We suspect it could be a condition we call Xeroderma pigmentosum which is a rare condition which affects mainly the skin such that the body has got some kind of inability to repair itself in-terms of the DNA repair,” Dr Mbinga said.

He said with this condition, when one is exposed to the sun, they tend to have skin eruptions.

Dr Mbinga said cancer had also developed and was quite advanced.

He said the patient would benefit a lot at the highest level from specialists at UTH.

“Like I said, these are preliminary basic findings and we think the patient will benefit more from our specialist colleagues at the next high level of care and they will be able to do their own evaluation and give a more definite position. So we have done our part and we are taking the patient to the next level,” Dr Mbinga said.

And Zulu commended the media for exposing the matter.

“The President was very touched by the condition of the girl and ordered that she be moved and assessed and she is now (yesterday before evacuation) so that they can see how she can be treated either locally or we take her to UTH or any other facility that maybe conducive to treat her condition,” said Zulu.

Whyson Nkhoma of Nkhonkhwe village in chief Kapichila’s area has been sick since 2003 when she was eight months old.

The condition worsened in 2013 and people learnt about her when Prime TV reporter Edward Banda carried the story about her condition.

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