Malawi Queen’s Hospital to have two new operating theatres

The Gogo Chatinkha Maternity Wing at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) will soon have two additional operation rooms to address the deficit the department is facing when conducting cesarean operations on pregnant mothers.

A Gynecologist at the country’s biggest referral hospital, Dr. Frank Taulo who is also part of a 14 member committee called ‘Friends of Gogo Chatinkha’ told the Malawi News Agency (Mana) when Standard Bank donated hospital equipment for staff and patients that the facility is grappling with acute shortage of operation theater rooms.

The committee propagates for improved service delivery at the wing through raising funds that are used in improving infrastructure and work environment.

“The wing does not have adequate operation rooms and most of the times, we are forced to make patients wait for a service and in the process we lose lives of mothers and babies.


“This is unacceptable. We need to have space to build theatres to ease problems that we are facing at the moment,” explained Dr. Taulo.

Without disclosing how much was realized, Taulo said the committee raised a substantial amount of money from a big walk which they recently conducted for its initiatives.

He commended Standard Bank for donating four refrigerators, a microwave and an iron among others noting that the equipment will go a long way in assisting both patients and hospital staff personally and professionally.

Taulo observed that a good working environment could also be a tool for luring staff to an institution further noting that the donated equipment will also attract other employees to the wing which is currently strained with staff challenges.

He said the hospital is planning to run various trainings that will acquaint its staff with skills on how to care for the equipment for it to last.

On his part, Standard Bank’s head of marketing, Chimwemwe Matonga said the Bank considered the hospital’s request for the equipments as it is embroiled in health activities as part of the many corporate responsibility initiatives.

He concurred with Taulo that apart from patients, hospital staff need a favorable working environment for them to deliver quality service to clients.

The Gogo Chatinkha Banda Maternity Wing was officially opened by the country’s first Head of State, Ngwazi Dr. Kamuzu Banda in 1980 and since then, it has undergone various refurbishments to accommodate the ever increasing number of patients who patronise the facility.

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