The family of former netball star Emma Mzagada has called on government to assist them with financial resources following the netball stars’ illness that has seen her bed ridden for years as Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) says it cannot help.
Mzagada’s sister Jessica Mtekama said as a family, they feel government should do more to assist Emma.
Currently, Emma Mzagada who is suffering from Osteomyelitis- a bone infection, is at Malamulo Hospital in Makwasa Thyolo where she had her bone wound cleaned at the theatre and that according to Mtekama is just a relief and not a final solution.
Earlier this year, Emma’s suffering was brought into the limelight through Nyasa Times when the Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa visited the former star and assisted the family with K200, 000.
“The minister promised to return and as a family we expected much out of the promise and we are still waiting since what Emma needs is a complete surgery to help her once and for all,” added Mtekama.
According to Mtekama, the family is also very thankful to Michael Ussi who has assisted them to take Emma to Makwasa for treatment.
Moreover, Mtekama said they expected more assistance from the Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) which was formerly notified about Emma’s sickness 3 years ago and only assisted her with K20, 000.
“We expected more from NAM, sadly they have watched Emma suffer and done nothing and at this stage what Emma needs is an advanced operation out of this country to help her get better,” she said.
Speaking in an interview NAM’s President Rose Chinunda, says her association cannot do anything since they have no allocation for such funds when need be.
She further explained that her association wishes their constitution was amended so that it can give them the muscle to help when such need arise.
Osteomyelitis is a medical term for a bone infection, usually caused by a bacterium which most commonly affects the long bones in the legs.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :