‘Operation Smile’ surgeries in Malawi: TNM pumps K3mil at Zomba Central Hospital

Premier mobile network and ICT  provider TNM has donated K3 million to Operation Smile Malawi, a local and  international  team of surgeons who are in the country to undertake free screening and surgeries at Zomba Central Hospital.

Wittika(L) presenting a cheque to  Nthalika (M) and USA Operation smile Cordinator Kim Harrell

Wittika(L) presenting a cheque to Nthalika (M) and USA Operation smile Cordinator Kim Harrell

TNM's Limbani Nsapato (L) being briefed how operation is done in the theatre by Kenyan based doctor (R)

TNM’s Limbani Nsapato (L) being briefed how operation is done in the theatre by Kenyan based doctor (R)

Operation Smile’s  team of volunteers aim at helping address the backlog of patients with untreated clefts through surgical missions. Its team is able to operate as many as 125 patients during a 10-day operation that runs from July 21 to 30.

Speaking during the handover ceremony TNM’s Southern Region Distribution Manager Allan Wittika, said the company appreciate the challenges that people are facing in accessing treatment. The donation valued at K3 million comprise K2,855,500 in cash and K146,500 worth of airtime and handsets.

“Health sector continues to face challenges among them shortage of human resources as such we see the coming of these volunteers as an opportunity for our patients to access treatment,” said Wittika . .

Wittika said support to Operation Smile underlines TNM’s serious commitment towards contributing to the well being of Malawians, and directly towards the country’s health services.

“TNM  remains  firmly  committed  to  contributing  to Malawi’s  socio-economic  development through  direct  assistance  in  the  health  sector.  We continue partnering with Operation Smile for their initiative of providing free treatment to our brothers and sisters that is why today we’re here in Zomba to support the work of these volunteers,” he said.

The Southern Region Distribution Manager expressed optimism that the provision of surgery services by Operation Smile will change the lives of children who could hardly speak or smile and remove them from isolation.

Operation smile country manager Ibrahim Nthalika thanked TNM for the kind gesture.

“We are very grateful to TNM for this support which has helped us to mobilise people to come and access our free services,” said Nthalika.

He said over 150 patients are expected to undergo free surgerous during their operation.

One of the patients Vincent Chauluka who comes from James Village , Traditional Authority Mkalo in Chiradzuro was all smiles to have accessed free service from the volunteers

TNM made a similar contribution during Operation Smile’s mission at Kamuzu Central Hospital in 2014 and 2015 where it donated K4 million and K2.4 million respectively.

Operation Smile volunteers provide free life-changing surgery and related healthcare as well hands-on training, lectures and symposiums that help uplift rural healthcare and build capacity with its partners.

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