Madonna to build paediatric ward at QECH

It seems Madonna’s Four Minutes to save the world is far from over as she continues to make a difference to the world through her charity activities, especially in Malawi.

The American singer arrived in the country on Wednesday, 18 months after her furious row with former president Joyce Banda.

Photo session: Madonna cuts a pose with Paediatrician Dr. Eric Borgestein
Photo session: Madonna cuts a pose with Paediatrician Dr. Eric Borgestein

Yesterday the singer visited Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) at around 2pm where she unveiled her plans to build a two-storey free-standing 50-bed paediatric surgical ward which will also have an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital through her Raising Malawi initiative.

There was heavy security as Madonna made her way to the paediatrics ward where she visited some patients and guardians.

After visiting the ward, Madonna and some medical officials were locked up in a meeting where they discussed the plan of the proposed ward and some of the challenges they are missing at the hospital.

One of the surgeons at the ward, Dr Eric Borgstein, said the facility will help in reducing the pressure that is there due to shortage of surgical paediatric wards in the country.

“It will be the only one in the country, so you know the kind of impact this project will have,” said Borgstein.

Madonna first came to Malawi in 2006 when she adopted a then one-year-old David Banda at an orphanage in Mchinji.

She returned in the country in 2009 and adopted her second Malawian child, Mercy Chifundo James, in 2009, at another orphanage.

Her last visit was 18 months ago when she had a row with Joyce Banda whivch led to her being stripped off her VVIP status.

However, President Peter Mutharika, has restored Madonna’s VVIP status and is expected to meet the pop star today.

Share This Post