The infant mortality in Malawi is yet to be reduced after Mercy James Center, paediatric surgery and intensive unit in Blantyre, which was funded by   Pop star Madonna has received medical support. The facility could not complete without Diamedica’s lifesaving medical equipment which worthies more than £10,000.

Diamedica’s Baby CPAP Machine

The equipment include Diamedica’s portable anaesthesia machine and a Baby CPAP is to help babies born with acute respiratory problems.

The Madonna’s Raising Malawi Charity linked to Diamedica Company through  medical director of Bush Hospital Foundation based in United Kingdom, Dr Mike Marks. Dr Marks became aware that The Mercy James Center was in dire need of vital lifesaving equipment, so he offered to help.

“I have been a longstanding supporter of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital – in the paediatric department and also the Nutritional Centre – so it was not a difficult decision to support the purchase of the items of equipment that they were lacking,” Said Dr Marks.

Dr Marks also installed a number of Diamedica’s Glostavent anaesthesia machines in various countries – Kenya, Uganda, Somali-land, Sudan and in other countries.

Diamedica’s director, Robert Neighbour, praised Dr Marks’ efforts described him as he is a pillar in supporting hospitals.

“We have worked with Mike Marks for around 10 years and supplied equipment for many of the locations he has worked in.

“He is dedicated to helping hospitals in low-resource environments and knows very well the issues medical professionals face in these circumstances.

“This equipment will help the hospital provide treatment to more children who need it so badly. It is designed to function well in such settings and we are delighted to know it will be put to good use under Mike’s guidance.”

DPA02 Portable anaesthesia machines

The Mercy James Center  which named after Madonna’s first adopted daughter from Malawi is definitely going save lives of children through such Superstar’s Surgical Support Systems.

Since its official opening on July 11, 2017 after  Madonna described  the facility as  ” a world-class intensive care hospital”, and its paediatric surgery has already; performed 73 surgeries in the new theatre, admitted 13 patients to the ICU, attended 75 patients in the outpatient clinic, and admitted 238 patients to the ward.

With such positive development confers to Madonna’s words which said the facility would be the country’s first and only pediatric  surgery and intensive care, it is really saving infant lives.

 

 

 

 

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