President Joyce Banda has assured Nsanje District Hospital that financial challenges the hospital is facing will soon be over.
Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Sam Ganda conveyed the message from the president Sunday when he presented a donation of 350 bags of maize flour and 40 bags of beans on behalf of the president at the hospital.
Ganda said the president has made the donation not as a president but rather as a Malawian citizen. He however, underlined that the donation was a temporal relief and that government was putting measures in place to control the situation.
“After the president got the news that Nsanje Hospital had run out of food, it touched her and made a quick response so that patients should not die of hunger. She has done this as a country citizen not as a president,” he notified.
The deputy minister revealed that the challenges the hospital is facing date back to 2010. He said the Joyce Banda government is putting in place strategies to ensure that the situation should be normalised.
“We are geared to discussing the issue during the Mid-Term Budgetary Review so that the funding should be increased and have a long term solution to the problem. And as a minister, I will push the Treasury for adequate funding to the hospital,” he assured.
Nsanje District Health Officer (DHO) Medson Matchaya thanked the president for the donation which he described as a timely relief while agreeing with the minister that the problem dates back to 2010.
“It is now a relief on my part. The hospital has been struggling since 2010 due to inadequate funding. Imagine giving us monthly funding of K2.4 million to cater for food, instead of more than K5 million.