The family of businesspersons Hitesh and Meeta Anadkat is reconstructing a children’s emergency ward at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre at a cost of around K300 million
The project, once completed, will help ease the significant pressure the hospital faces in its children’s ward.
Previously, Anadkat, in partnership with Wellcome Trust, funded the construction of an Adult Emergency Centre at Qech at what would today be a cost of K2 billion, built a 42 -bed hostel block for the College of Medicine and donated a CT Scanner to Adventist Hospital.
The emergency ward will be equipped with all necessary tool-kits courtesy of the Anadkat family.
In a statement, the family says “the new and improved facility” will improve the treatment and experience of thousands of children every year.
When asked why he had chosen to fund the project, Anadkat, who said he was born at the same facility, indicated that it was a way of giving back to the hospital.
He said the realisation that operating and treatment rooms were small moved him to pioneer the project.
“The number of emergencies has increased considerably over the years. Basically, a facility that was designed to treat a population of 20 years ago had not grown and was making life very difficult for vulnerable families and, more specifically, vulnerable children,” he said.
Anadkat urged other individuals and corporate entities to join forces in contributing towards creation of sustainable social services in the health sector and others.
He also went on to call the medical professionals “unsung heroes” and praised their “commendable” efforts, given the conditions.
Chairperson of the Friends of Sick Children and Peadiatric Emergency Medicine Consultants, Josephine Langton, hailed the move as a game-changer at the hospital.
“We also now have more teenagers coming in, but we have nowhere private to see them. The current pediatric accident and emergency department has been very well-used over the years, but it is starting to show how tired it has become, which can be non-motivating for the staff. Also, the rooms are small and closed off, which can impede patient flow and stop the team working effectively together,” Langton said.