Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago battles for life in hospital.
According to Nettech Media Reporters, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is still struggling for his life, six days after he was flown to Kenya where he is undergoing intensive treatment for acute anaphylaxis.
He is weak and on treatment, breathing through devices like nebulizers, inhalers, and on blood thinners. Doctors working on him discovered later that blood entering his lungs is thick. The 50-year-old Mayor, who flew out of the country last week on Wednesday accompanied by his wife, Nalongo Zawedde Lubwama, is still undergoing medical management.
“I am still struggling, but I will be fine,” the Lord Mayor told our reporters on Monday when contacted on phone for an update about his condition.
Lukwago was first admitted at Aga Khan University Hospital after he was referred by his doctors at Rubaga and Mulago Hospitals. On Friday, he was transferred to Nairobi Hospital, where he said more tests were still being conducted.
“Yeah, I am now at Nairobi Hospital where more tests are being conducted. I am still weak, on treatment,” he said.
Earlier on, Lukwago had indicated that doctors had conducted several tests to “establish the triggers of anaphylaxis”, which he said causes him to have episodes of shortness of breath and a drastic drop in oxygen circulation in the blood.
“Currently, I am getting temporary stabilizers, like nebulization and inhalers,” he said, adding that he was indeed still on treatment by pulmonologists working on him.
Pulmonologists are medical doctors who specialize in treating illnesses related to the respiratory system, including asthma.
Lukwago revealed that the amount of air he inhales currently, according to his doctors, stands at 70% of the normal standard for an adult. “This means that I have a deficit of 30%,” he said.
The Pre-BD (Post bronchodilator test) indicated that the forced spirometry, which is referred to as the most common of the pulmonary function tests that measure lung function, stood at 16:59. Doctors wrote: Spirometry results indicate a restrictive ventilatory defect, which was mild in severity.
The post-BD (post-bronchodilator test) also commonly referred to as a reversibility test, which utilizes spirometry to assess possible reversibility of bronchoconstriction in diseases such as asthma, stood at 17:20.
“Spirometry results indicate a restrictive ventilatory defect which was moderate in severity. There is no significant change following inhaled bronchodilator on this occasion,” the medical report indicated.
The deputy Lord Mayor, Doreen Nyanjura, on November 25 issued a statement regarding the health of the Lord Mayor, saying he was diagnosed with acute anaphylaxis, which she said became persistent on treatment.
“While he is not in a critical condition, doctors found it advisable to conduct further examinations and management,” she said at the time.
According to Nyanjura, following the doctors’ advice, the Lord Mayor departed for Nairobi, where he arrived safely and had since commenced the necessary medical procedures.
“The office of the Lord Mayor appreciates the overwhelming concerns and sympathies. We hope for his quick recovery and return to Kampala,” she wrote. Social media was awash with messages of concern over the Lord Mayor’s health.
Anaphylaxis is described by health experts as a serious allergic response that often involves swelling, hives, and lowered blood pressure. In severe cases, it leads to shock. It can be fatal if the shock is not treated.
Meanwhile, Lukwago is seeking to retain his position as Kampala Lord Mayor in next year’s elections. He was nominated in late September to contest in the polls on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket.