Madonna vows support for Malawi hospital
11 July 2016, 13:45
Blantyre - International pop star Madonna has pledged to continue supporting the construction of a children's wing at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
Madonna's foundation, Raising Malawi, is constructing the 50-bed children ward in the commercial city of Blantyre.
According to Madonna, if all goes as planned the pediatric unit whose construction dates back to 2015 is likely to be opened next year.
“This new pediatric surgery and intensive care unit will have an enormous impact on saving the lives of children,” said Madonna after visiting the construction site on Sunday in Malawi’s commercial city of Blantyre.
The pop diva said she would fight hard to ensure that the unit has the equipment and is fully operational by next year.
The children's unit is a 50-bed ward and will enable the hospital to increase the number of surgeries for children at the hospital by almost 100%.
Currently, Madonna enjoys a very good relationship with Malawi’s top leadership.
Two years ago President Peter Mutharika appointed her as Malawi’s Ambassador for Child Welfare.
Prior to Mutharika’s ascendance to power, Madonna had a stormy relationship with Malawi’s ex-president Joyce Banda who stripped the pop star’s VIP status.
Banda accused Madonna of being bad-mannered and of pressing everlasting gratitude from Malawians simply because she adopted two children.
Madonna adopted two Malawian children namely Mercy James and David James who joined her during her visit to Malawi.
Madonna is currently in the southern Africa country where among others, she is scheduled to hold talks with Mutharika.