Former Health Minister, Dr. JOSEPH KASONDE, has died; he passed on yesterday evening at the University Teaching Hospitals where he was receiving cancer treatment of the liver.
Dr. KASONDE was the first Health Minister in the Patriotic Front led administration under the Leadership of late President MICHAEL SATA.
He was retired by PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU in 2016 following his re-election and was replaced by Dr. CHITALU CHILUFYA, who was his deputy.
Dr KASONDE graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1966 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery degree.
He was a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He thereafter attained his Doctor of Medicine degree by thesis in 1976 from the University of Oxford.
Meanwhile Zambia Medical Association president Dr. ABIDAN CHANSA said that the late Dr. KASONDE was a humble person who will be missed in the medical field.
The funeral house of the late Dr. KASONDE is being held at his residence in Twin Palm Road Extension, Ibex Hill.