Joyce Banda Foundation International on Friday donated medical items worth millions of kwachas to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the commercial capital Blantyre.
The items were presented by the managing director of the foundation Edith Akridge at the Gogo Chatinka maternity ward and the Pediatrics Department . They were received by Dr. Fran Taul and Dr. Mallewa( pediatrics dept.).
The items include oxygen concentrates, scanner, operating lights, wheel chairs, catheters, anesthetic machines, syringes, gloves, suction machines, intravenous equipment, soap, scrub uniforms, curtains, BP machines, theater gowns and other items used at the hospital.
Akridge said Joyce Banda Foundation International saw the need for the donation several months ago when they visited the hospital.
” Joyce Banda Foundation International will continue supporting QECH as it is the biggest referral hospital in the country and the needs are great here with patients coming from all over the country.”
Receiving the donation on behalf of the OBGYN Department Dr.Frank Taulo said the donation is well timed, saying the equipment and supplies were critically needed and will go a long way to improve both maternal and child health.
“We are grateful for JBFI’s donation because these are two departments that are in critical need of these items.”
Dr. Mallewa from the pediatrics department said the supplies will help doctors and nurses give the best care to children.
JBFI supports maternal health and child health and will continue rendering support to various hospitals and clinics in Malawi as well as focusing on economic empowerment of the youth and women.