Government intervenes on singer Zigoma’s illness

Call it a delay response but gospel musician Geoffrey Zigoma could at least have a glimpse of hope that he would fly out for medical treatment following Department  of Persons with Disabilities and Elderly’s intervention on his condition.

Zigoma is currently battling with cancer that has already affected his right ear and needed urgent medical attention to halt the infection from damaging other parts of his body as well.

He was supposed to fly out of the country for Tanzania earlier this year to get medical treatment, however, due to lack of enough funds, despite some assistance from well wishers the artist has been failing to make it for treatment until lately government decided to assist him.

Zigoma: Needs help

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Zigoma disclosed that he was waiting to hear from the ministry, which has pledged to expedite the trip for him to get the needed treatment.

“I am currently just waiting for official communication from the Department of Persons with Disabilities and Elderly who are currently handling the issue. Last week they called informing me that they pushing up the issue so that I could fly out in no time for treatment,” explained Zigoma.

He added: “Am supposed to fly to South Africa for the treatment not Tanzania as was earlier expected following recommendation from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), which is currently providing my medical treatment.”

Zigoma, who was hospitalized at QECH a week ago due to Malaria, said the cancer ailment was heavily impacting on his career.

“There are times when am failing to go out and perform on stage. And I was supposed to launch my new album Ndathera Mwayesu but to this condition I could not manage to do that, maybe next month if I will be ok by then,” Zigoma said.

According to the artist, he needs K1.5 million to fly out for treatment. Currently he said he has close to K300, 000 in his account. And Air-Malawi recently provided him with open ticket in support for his medication trip.

Over the weekend he had impressive performance when he curtain-raised Great Angels Choir Ndiyende Bwanji DVD and CD album launch at Comesa Hall in Blantyre.

The crowd bellowed in applause as he stepped on stage and they could not resist but to storm the dancing floor to give him an overwhelming welcome as they try to sing along with some of his lyrics.

Mzungu samafa, amangosowa (Albinos do not die, they just disappear),” he said jokingly once he got hold of the microphone to the loud screams of the audience, adding “The devil thought I could not make it through but by the grace of God am here and thank you all for your prayers.”

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