Former Health Minister Dr Joseph Kasonde has died.
Dr Kasonde died at last night 21:30 in Lusaka after a long battle with cancer of the Liver.
Dr Kasonde was a Zambian politician who served as the Minister of Health from October 2011 to 2016.
He served both in the Michael Sata as well as the Edgar Chagwa Lungu administration (2011 to 2016).
Dr Kasonde graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1966 with a Bachelor of Surgery degree.
He was a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
He thereafter attained his Doctor of Medicine degree by thesis in 1976 from the University of Oxford.
From 1977 to 1984 Dr Kasonde served as Director of Medical Services, combining this position with that of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health from 1979.
From 1985 to 1998 he worked for the World Health Organization as Responsible Officer for Research Capacity Strengthening in Developing countries in the Special Programme for Research and Research Training in Human Reproduction.
Meanwhile PF Secretary General Davies Mwila says the Party is saddened at the death of one of its senior members Dr. Joseph Kasonde.
Mr Mwila has described the late Dr. Kasonde as an accomplished professional.