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Trade Kings donates first urology equipment to UTHBy Diggers Correspondent on 1 Feb 2019
TRADE KINGS GROUP MAKES HISTORY FOR THE HEALTH SECTOR:
THE TRADE KINGS FOUNDATION DONATES THE FIRST UROLOGY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE REMOVAL OF KIDNEY STONES IN ZAMBIA TO UTH.
Trade Kings Group, Zambia’s leading FMCG has through its Foundation donated to the Urology Department of the University Teaching Hospital the first ever Lithoclast Master in the country – vital equipment used to remove Kidney stones from the body. The Minister of Health, Honorable Chitalu Chilufya received the equipment, expressed gratitude for the gesture by the Trade Kings Foundation and called the Group “the game changer for the Health Sector as through this equipment change has commenced and will continue for years to come. Thank you Trade Kings.”
The equipment was handed over by the Trade Kings Group General Manager Mr Lux Lubramaniam.
Kidney stone disease is a crystal concretion formed usually within the kidneys. It is an increasing urological disorder of human health, affecting about 12% of the world population. In Zambia the burden of stones in the body which include bladder, urethra and kidney stones is accounts for about 25% of Urology cases that are handled in the University Teaching Hospital. It has been associated with an increased risk of end-stage renal failure. The most common type of kidney stone is calcium oxalate formed on the renal papillary surfaces. The mechanism of stone formation is a complex process which results from several physicochemical events including super-saturation which been in the increase in Zambia in view of changes to our lifestyle and diet.
The Trade Kings Foundation has responded to the need for world class standard equipment to address the various conditions in urology that are as a result of injury, cancer, infection and childbirth. This equipment is used to remove stones in the body with minimal invasive surgery which means the patient does not have to undergo open surgery. This saves the patient from post operation trauma, pain and reduces their recovery period. The average length of the surgery procedure is two hours; with this machine the procedure will typically take around twenty minutes.
The Minister emphasized in his speech that in order to achieve universal health coverage, partnerships are extremely important and that Trade Kings Foundation has become a notable partner that other corporations should emulate.
The Group General Manager said: “this donation is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the Trade Kings Foundation as the means of demonstrating our immense gratitude to the Zambian people, by giving back to society through charitable ventures and working through strategic partnerships for the greater good. The Foundation has been in operation for the last two years with particular focus on Health, Education, Women Empowerment and Youth.”
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