After relying upon one jerky ambulance, often up and down due to mechanical faults, Karonga district hospital can now afford a smile following a donation of a K33 million worth ambulance from Christian Aid – an international religious organisation – last week.
Karonga district hospital, the referral hospital to tens of thousands of people in the lakeshore district, has been surviving on one ambulance, and according to the district health officer, Charles Sungani, the donation was a “big boost.”
Michael Muhagama, representative of Christian Aid, said the donation of the state-of-art was chiefly aimed at supporting expectant mothers and newly born babies.
Muhagama revealed that the rise in deaths of expectant mothers and newly born babies in the district had triggered them to donate.
“We decided to donate the ambulance so that the deaths can be controlled to some extent,” said Muhagama.
Karonga District Commissioner Rosemary Moyo commended Christian Aid for the donation, urging other well-wishing NGOs to support the hospital.
She asked hospital management to “take good care of the ambulance” so they could woe more donors.
Among the myriad problems the hospital is facing, include lack of a back-up generator – a shoddy situation that puts a lot of patients’ lives at risk during the frequent blackouts the country is facing.