The Successful Return of Zambian Patient from London sign of Strong Zambia-UK Relations

The Zambia High Commission in London has thanked the British Government for the support and help it rendered to a Zambian national Mr. Aston Phiri who returned to Zambia after being hospitalised for over six months in a London hospital.

Deputy High Commissioner Mrs Patricia Chanda said the Zambian Government was grateful to the British Government for the assistance that was rendered to Mr. Phiri during the time he was in hospital and further donating a tilt-in-space wheelchair.

“I wish to thank the British Government and in particular the staff and management of Chelsea and Westminster hospital for having taken care of Mr. Phiri from the time he fell ill in November, 2015. Mr Phiri was in a critical condition and could not travel as he was operated on and further admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and the members of staff put in their best till he stabilised. I also wish to thank the Zambia Government through the Ministry of Health for the swift action in facilitating his return back home.  This demonstrates Government’s commitment to its citizens. It also shows the strength of our relations with the United Kingdom. Indeed, this move has made the load lighter for the Phiri family,” she said.

On May 1st 2016 Mr. Phiri was repatriated back to Zambia after six months’ hospitalization in the UK, he was seen off by the Deputy High Commissioner Mrs Patricia Chanda and First Secretary- Consular Mr. Portipher Sakala.

He arrived in Zambia safely and was met at the airport by the Ministry of Health Team and he is currently admitted to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka where he is still receiving medical attention as he is unable to move unaided.


London, May 1, 2016

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