Musician Patience Namadingo’s humanitarian efforts continue to gather momentum. The latest to benefit is Salima-based Mkondawako Samson.
Samson, a mother of twins, caught people’s attention when pictures of her emerged on social media depicting her sorry state. On top of fighting acute malnutrition, Samson has a condition which has left her tummy swollen.
Her state prompted several well-wishers, including First Lady Monica Chakwera to come to her assistance.
Namadingo has sent the mother and her twins for a month-long institutional health rehabilitation at Nthambi Private Hospital in Area 43, Lilongwe.
The artist facilitated the move in partnership with management of the hospital, where apart from receiving medical attention food supplements, Mkondawako will also be accorded therapy.
Samson checked in at the hospital on Friday following Namadingo’s visit to her home at Chikumpa Village Traditional Authority Pemba in Salima where she was staying after being discharged from hospital some days ago.
Namadingo said the hospital will host Samson for free as part of their corporate social responsibility.
“When news of her state broke out, I took particular interest to find out what sort of assistance she needs. Since then I have been in touch with officials from the social welfare office and Salima District Hospital to work out this arrangement,” he said.
Samson’s husband Dickson Green expressed gratitude at the gesture shown by the artist as he admitted that he is facing challenges in looking after his sick wife and the babies.
He said: “I have five children in total. At the moment I am not involved in any serious economic activity. So, it is really tough for us to survive. I am sure that with this intervention the condition of my wife and children will improve.”
A fortnight ago Namadingo also grabbed headlines when he volunteered to stand as a statue to raise K3 million for budding artist William Kachigamba to enable him travel to Zambia to receive medical attention on his cancerous lip.