People around Maganga Health Center in Maganga village, Traditional Authority Maganga in Salima can now afford a smile due to a donation made by the students from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) at Lilongwe campus recently, under the safe motherhood campaign program which their institution is running.
Under the safe motherhood campaign, the students have donated several items worth K30, 000. The items included a stethoscope, thermometers, a pair of gumboots, gloves, sterilizer among other things.
Receiving the donation, Clinician Dorothy Gobede expressed her excitement with the students’ intervention describing it as timely considering the state in which the health centre was.
“What these students have done is very great as we are in dire need of such resources here. Further to that this is the second time for them to reach out to us and they will be positive changes in our operations especially in the maternity ward,” said Gobede who also pleaded with the students to continue helping the center whenever they can.
She said it is very rare for people to see and understand your problems and make an effort to bail you out. She gave an example that the health center was boiling water physically to sterilise apparatus since they did not have the required equipment for sterilisation.
“It is not just people of Maganga who are facing such problems, so I should take this opportunity to plead with all those who have something they can share with people who are in need like us to do so as it is the only way we can create a better Malawi,” she said.
The president of the students union, Memory Ngosi, who presented the donation on behalf of the institution, said they felt duty bound to help the plight of the health center after it came to their attention.
“It does not require one to have things in excess for you to help but the heart is all it takes. If we can avert maternal and infant deaths then we know the basis of a stronger nation is assured. Let us come together and compliment the efforts being made by the president on safe motherhood,” said Ngosi.
The students raised the money through different efforts which included a big walk, donations and well-wishers.
This is their second time in two years for the students to make a donation to the health center.