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Mchinji boy flies to India

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By Watipaso Mzungu, Contributor:

A 14-year-old Mchinji boy who has lived with catheters for four years finally flew to India Wednesday to undergo specialist urology operation.

This comes six weeks after The Daily Times published— in its Friday Shaker—a story about the boy who had been living in excruciating pain for over four years as there was no help to fly him out for specialised treatment.

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Both the father of the child, Wilfred Banda, and spokesperson in the Ministry of Health, Joshua Malango, confirmed about the trip to India in separate interviews Wednesday.

“The child and I have just arrived at Kamuzu Central Hospital on an ambulance from Mchinji District Hospital. The doctors at Kamuzu Central Hospital are doing final procedures before we depart for [Kamuzu International] Airport anytime soon,” Banda said before departure.

Malango said the boy is among a group of patients, who include comedian Eric Mabedi, to undergo specialist treatment to various medical conditions.

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Mabedi is expected to undergo treatment for his kidney.

“There are different patients with different ailments,” Malango said.

In an earlier interview, Malango indicated that the country had 256 cases awaiting evacuation to foreign hospitals for specialist treatment to various ailments.

In the Friday Shaker that has drawn this response, The Daily Times exposed how the government’s failure to provide quality healthcare services to its citizens is causing deaths, mainly among the poor.

Most Malawians live below the poverty line and cannot afford healthcare services in private health facilities.

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