Government, through the Ministry of Health, has offered to help actor Eric Mabedi to travel to India for his kidney transplant surgery.
The ministry, through its spokesperson Joshua Malango, confirmed the news saying the ministry is waiting for Mabedi and his doctors to finalise some technical aspects of the arrangement for them to make the next move.
In an interview, Malango said: “Indeed there have been ongoing discussions between our Principal Secretary [PS] Dr Dan Namarika and Mabedi ever since the news broke out. We first had to ascertain if indeed the transplant was necessary and the final intervention on his condition.
“In liaison with the doctors that have been treating him at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital that process was undertaken. Right now we are waiting to hear from them so that we can move from there. But we will surely assist him.”
He said the speed of the process will depend on several factors, including the identification of kidney donor and if the donor has ready travel documents. He indicated that the ministry is ready to foot all costs of Mabedi’s travel.
When contacted, Mabedi said following the intervention by government, the pressure is now on him to identify the donor of the kidney and submit the required details to the ministry as the procedure demands.
“Right now four of my relations are by the reception here at Mwaiwathu Hospital waiting to undergo the tests. We will then right away send the test results to Queen Elizabeth Hospital from where we will be given direction depending on the outcome,” he said in an interview as he was undergoing his daily dialysis sessions.
He thanked government and all Malawians for coming to his rescue in his time of need.
He said: “I can’t find the right words to express how grateful I am for what the government and the people of Malawi have done for me. Ever since news broke out, I have received overwhelming support. I feel indebted to them all.”
Mabedi was being assisted by a group of individuals calling themselves Friends of Mabedi to raise funds for the cause and they have since indicated that they will not disband yet but will continue to work with Mabedi and the ministry in this cause. n