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UTH Scores a Major First

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A COMBINED team of Neurosurgeons and ENT surgeons at UTH yesterday successfuly removed a tumor from the middle of the brain through the nose of a patient.

This is according to a post on social media by Dr Kachinga Sichizya, Head of Neurosurgery, UTH.

The complex operation dubbed Transnasal Trans-sphenoidal approach began yesterday at 14:00 hours and ended at 21:00 hours last night.

The first ever land mark operation was conducted by a group composed of purely Zambian surgeons .

And the patient has woken up and is in a stable condition.

Over the years, many patients with such complications have been travelling to India for the surgery.

Among the Doctors that participated in the surgery include Dr Harrison Phiri, Dr Brian Mwila and Dr Peter Mushenya, Mildred Nakazwe-Chila, Dr Nashati, sister Chileshe, and Amon Silomba.

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Zambia sees highest daily coronavirus cases since March

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ZAMBIA reported 472 cases of the new coronavirus out of 1,851 tests done, Minister of Health, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya said, the largest one-day increase since March, bringing the country’s total to 4,328.

Additionally, Zambia has recorded three more death bringing the total to 139.

The Ministry of Health is concerned that people have stopped wearing masks and practicing social distance.

The Ministry of Health says they will enforce public gathering in the wake of the spike of Covid-19.

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Covid-19 update in Zambia as of 20th July, 2020

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Covid-19 pandemic update 20th july in Zambia

Zambia’s Covid-19 cases now stand at 3,326 with 1,620 total recoveries. In the last 24hrs, Zambia carried out 959 tests out of which 178 new cases were recorded and 123 people have recovered and been discharged. This brings the total number of recoveries to 1,620.

Zambia recorded 8 deaths, bringing the total death tally to 128. Zambia has seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases recently.

Stay safe, Mask up and avoid unnecessary movements.

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UNZA takes lead in anti-COVID-19 drug development

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THE University of Zambia (UNZA) has constituted a team of experts that include Medicinal Chemists, Drug Discovery Scientists, Virologists, Botanists, Pharmacologists and Pathologists to help in the discovery of home-grown low cost cures for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consortium of experts will be exploring Zambian traditional medicines/plants and clinically-established drugs in the Zambian Formulary as potential treatments for COVID-19.

The team comprises Dr James Nyirenda (the lead investigator), Dr Peter Mubanga Cheuka, Dr Edgar Simulundu, Dr Angela Gono-Bwalya, Dr Takondwa Chidumayo, Dr Katendi Changula, Dr Caroline Chisenga, Dr Wezi Kachinda and Mr Kelly Chisanga.

The team’s core mandate is twofold; firstly, to discover and develop medicines that are readily available for the local population and secondly, to discover and develop local medicines optimized for effectiveness and safety on an African or local population.

Meanwhile, the consortium of experts has since received funding from the Ministry of Higher Education through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The funding received will be used to kickstart the project.

And University of Zambia (UNZA) Acting Vice Chancellor Dr. Tamala Kambikambi has paid glowing tribute to the consortium of researchers championing the discovery and development of the anti-COVID 19 pandemic drug. Dr. Kambikambi says UNZA’s research undertaking will solve the problems exacerbated by the unavailability of medicines discovered and developed elsewhere on the African continent. She adds that Zambia has lagged behind in the area of drug discovery and development since independence hence the urgent need for UNZA to take a lead.

The Acting VC has also expressed gratitude to the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) through the Ministry of Higher Education for the funds received to kickstart the project.

This is according to a press statement issued by Dr. Brenda Bukowa, Acting Head- Communication and Marketing  at the University of Zambia.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

12 Aug 2020, 11:55 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

8,275 Total Cases
241 Deaths
7,004 Recovered

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