ADRA bails Malawi hospitals, donates K1.2bn surgical and medical supplies

Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) on Friday bailed out Ministry of Health with a K1.2 billion donation of surgical and medical supplies to be distributed to hospitals countrywide.

Usi (centre) presents donation of medical supplies

The medical supplies from Adra

Malamulo Adventist Hospital which provides some of its services for free will also benefit from the donation which has been funded by Globus Relief and Islamic Relief USA.

The donation comes at a time when the country’s public hospitals have ran out of drug budgets and are experiencing shortages of surgical and medical supplies.

Speaking during the donation in Blantyre ADRA Country Director, Michael Usi hailed government for creating conducive environment where non-state actors contribute to the improvement of health sector.

“This is clear testimony that non-governmental organizations such as ADRA and government are partners in development. It’s our prayers that this donation meets its intended purpose. We will be surprised to hear that it has been stolen,” said Usi.

 

Usi bemoaned the shortage of drugs, surgical and medical supplies mainly in public hospitals, calling for authorities to put in measures to ensure that the support from non-state actors benefits the poor Malawians.

“We have had good conversation with Ministry of health and it’s our belief that this donation will meet its intended purpose. It’s the duty of hospitals officials to protect these supplies,” added Usi.

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) Chief Hospital Administrator, Themba Mhango said the donation would help to ease the shortage of medical equipment and supplies the hospital has been experiencing.

“We have had some challenges of shortages of medical equipments like supplies especially for surgical. And this is stop-gap measure. We are happy that we are one of the hospitals to benefit from this humanitarian support,” said Mhango.

In his comment, Malamulo Adventist Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jason Blanchard praised ADRA for the donation which he said would ease the burden of surgical and medical supplies’ shortage.

“We are happy that ADRA is interested in working with Malamulo Adventist Hospital. Last couple of years was difficult moment for Malawi and it was a burden for us to have material and equipment that we need to deal with patients’ problems,” said Blanchard.

Blanchard said his hospitals depends on support from institutions such as ADRA for its operations and described the surgical and medical supplies’ donation as timely considering the problems the hospitals has been facing.

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