Children at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital will now receive life saving treatment and care in a space and environment that is conducive following the hand over of phase one of the Pediatric Accident and Emergency Unit by the Anadkat family, founders of First Capital Bank (FCB).
The new facility has ensured that the main Accident and Emergency (A&E) is decongested.
The facility whose walls are clad with hand painted murals comprises of several modern treatment areas that include a triage area, where children are assessed upon arrival.
Meeta Anadkat said: “It’s painful and unacceptable to see the children suffer without adequate facilities - we had to, in fact we needed to. We are a Malawian family.”
Hitesh Anadkat explained the motivation for such generosity was, simply, "the heart". “We are honoured to be a part of this legacy that will leave a lasting impact on the Malawian nation for years to come."
Head of Pediatrics, Accident and Emergency Unit, Dr Jo Langton was at a loss of words, and said she was eternally grateful and could not fully express her gratitude to the Anadkat family.
Hospital Director, Dr Samson Mndolo, said the hospital would now be able to be efficiently provide ailing children the urgent attention and treatment they deserve. He thanked the Anadkat family on behalf of all staff and clinicians at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
Depending on the nature of the case, treatment will then be provided in one of the many private rooms. Adjacent to the seating area is a newly built and functioning high dependency unit (HDU), which is a breath of fresh air to both, patients and clinical staff alike.
Alongside that is the children’s mortuary, one of its kind, which was built and designed with careful detail and thought, such as the memorable wall mural that provides a semblance of much needed calm during the loss of a child.
Previous support by the family includes funding towards construction of the adult Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit.
Annually, the Queens Pediatric Unit caters for around 100,000 children as outpatients.
Around 25,000 children are admitted in a year and approximately 10 children require resuscitation every hour. Since 2013 the mortality rate has been reduced from 20 percent to 3 percent.
Operations in the new building will be enhanced too, as piped oxygen is on offer to curb preventable deaths. The current addition has certainly lifted the face of the medical facility, which is the biggest referral hospital in the Southern region and Malawi.