The Rotary Club of Lilongwe has sent seven Malawian children to India where they are scheduled to undergo surgeries for different heart conditions.
The seven children, who left the country on Saturday, are needy patients who could not afford to pay for the expensive medical procedures valued at about K100 million.
The club’s president, Nurul Amin, said his club linked the beneficiaries with Rotarians from India who will perform the surgeries for free.
“The Rotary Club of Chandiga said to us that we can provide up to 27 children with heart defects who would be given the treatment absolutely free of charge and what we are doing is in response to that,” he said.
According to Amin, the Chandiga Rotarians made their pledge while they conducted surgeries for 10 days in Malawi.
Assistant director of clinical services, who is also coordinator for external patients referral programme in the Ministry of Health, Enoch Phale, said the beneficiaries were top on the waiting list to go outside the country for heart surgeries.
The patients, Niya Buba, Julius Rombwa, Prisca Gorombe, Jesica Josamu, Justina Masautso, Shamima Halipher and Nestor Samakudwe, travelled with one guardian each. n