Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Limited Thursday handed over health equipment worth K2.2 million to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
The health equipment include two theatre trolleys, an Oxygen Concentrator and a 5000 litre water tank. These were donated to the hospital through The Nation Publications’ Mother’s Day Fun Run initiative.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Limbe Leaf Corporate Affairs Coordinator Irene Kumwenda said Limbe Leaf has been helping the health sector for years as the sector faces a number of challenges due to lack of human capacity, infrastructure, medical equipment and others.
“During the current financial year, we provided BP machines and thermometers and constructed an incinerator at Area 25 Health Centre in Lilongwe and we also constructed a guardian shelter and a kitchen at Wimbe Health centre in Kasungu,” said Kumwenda.
She applauded The Nation Publications Limited (NPL) for the Mothers Fun Run initiative that aims at improving safe motherhood in the country.
“QECH is one of the major referral hospitals in the country and serves a multitude of patients in the Southern Region and we believe the equipment will contribute to the improvement of health service delivery at the hospital,” said Kumwenda.
Receiving the equipment, newly appointed Blantyre District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Gift Kawalazira thanked Limbe Leaf for the timely donation saying it will go a long way in improving health service delivery at the hospital.
“Health is everybody’s business and we always appreciate the support we get from the corporate world. We hope other companies will emulate what Limbe Leaf has done,” said Dr Kawalazira.
NPL Assistant Sales Manager Gift Mashiri thanked Limbe Leaf for supporting the Mothers Fun Run initiative.