As other public hospitals are struggling to have adequate and appropriate medical equipment, Ntcheu District Hospital has a reason to smile following a donation of assorted medical equipment worth K3 million from International Ladies Benevolent Society (ILBS) of Japan.
Speaking during the handover ceremony of the equipment at hospital Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Shuichiro Nishioka said ILBS decided to donate the equipment to the hospital to ensure that the health facility provides quality health services.
“We [received] reports from our Japanese medical volunteers that this hospital was not able to procure the essential medical equipment for basic medical services due to inadequate funding, hence the donation,” said Nishioka
He also said he was pleased to note that the hospital administration uses money which the embassy provides to the hospital prudently.
“The ILBS through the embassy also provides cash to assist the hospital administration to be buying basic medical equipment such as stethoscopes, thermometers and blood pressure machines and I am happy to note that this money is always used for intended purpose,” he said.
In his remarks Ntcheu District Health Officer, Dr Mike Chisema said the donation will go a long way in improving health service delivery at the facility.
On his part, Ntcheu District Commissioner, Paul Kalilombe appealed to health workers at the hospital to take care of the equipment.
The equipment include MVA beds, stretchers, lumps, mobile oxygen machine, stethoscopes and thermometers.
IBLS is a charity organization and was formed in 1953 by wives of ambassadors, politicians and chief executive officers of private companies in Japan with the aim of assisting organizations and groups that support vulnerable and underprivileged people in Japan and other countries around the world.