Dr. Phiri, 68, arrived last week in South Africa and is receiving specialist treatment the hospital.
In 2016, Dr. Phiri announced that he had been fighting prostate cancer since 2014 and that the cancer was in remission.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba says when he visited him, he found Dr. Phiri surrounded by loved ones that included his spouse, Mrs. Chilufya Mwaba Phiri, sisters; Mrs. Ireen Kabwe and Mrs. Zondiwe Maboshe.
Others were his daughter, Sipiwe Phiri and niece Mwenya Kabwe.
In 2016, Dr. Phiri founded the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Zambia (PCFZ) and joined hands with veteran broadcaster Chanda Chimba III to raise awareness about the cancer.
And Mwamba said former Minister of Works and Supply and People’s Party leader Mike Mulongoti continues to receive treatment.
He is hopeful that Mulongoti will be made an outpatient as he has made progress on his road to recovery.