Seven children, who were in India for heart surgeries, have returned home after successfully undergoing treatment with support from Rotary Club of Lilongwe and their Indian counterparts, Chandigarh Rotary Club.
Speaking at Kamuzu International Airport on Tuesday where Rotarians and government officials welcomed the children, Ministry of Health chief of health services Dr Charles Mwansambo commended the Rotarians, saying there is always need for people to get specialised medical help outside the country.
However, he said government is working on reducing the number of patients being referred outside the country for medical treatment.
Said Mwansambo: “At present we have trained a number of specialists. We are designating some medical facilities as centres of excellence to cater for patients that are being sent outside the country due to cancer, eye and heart problems.
“We are also constructing a cancer centre in Lilongwe. We are also upgrading most of our theatres so that in future we are able to handle heart surgeries here. So, in the long-term, we need to be managing these patients here.”
Lilongwe Rotary Club president Nurul Amin said this was not the first time his club and the Chandigarh Rotary Club of India have helped in treating people in need of medical care.
Father to one of the beneficiaries, Halifa Sanudi from Chinsapo in Lilongwe, said he was grateful for the treatment his daughter received.
Sanudi said his daughter has already started showing positive signs and he was convinced that she has been cured of her medical condition. n