Madonna to open new Malawi children’s hospital

Madonna with some Malawian children

US pop superstar, Madonna, is due to open a children’s hospital wing that her charity, Raising Malawi,” has built in Malawi’s second city of Blantyre.

Madonna, 58, set up the Raising Malawi charity in 2006 and has been a regular visitor to Malawi.

’’The Mercy and James Centre’’ is named after two of her four adopted Malawian children.

The paediatric hospital unit has taken two years to build and includes three operating theatres and a 50-bed ward.

It is the first specialist health unit for children in the Southern African nation, doubling the capacity for paediatrics care at the Queen Elizabeth hospital.

Madonna tweeted of the new hospital wing: “One More Day!!! So Excited for the Opening of the Mercy James Center! Thanks to everyone”.

President Peter Mutharika is expected to attend the opening ceremony.

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