Palliative Care Association donates to Mzuzu Central Hospital

The Palliative Care Association of Malawi (PACM) has donated a Computer set complete with printer to Mzuzu Central Hospital to assist in data management and research as one way of helping the institution improve the life of palliative clients.

Palliative Care is done to improve the quality of life of people having life threatening illnesses such as Cancer so that they are free from pain and stress.

Currently, the hospital tends to 173 palliative care clients of which 65 are children.

Mzuzu Central Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Thom Ngwira said problems with data management have often times delayed decisions in effecting treatment.

“This Computer has come at an opportune time and we hope to improve our palliative care despite other major challenges,” Ngwira said.

According to Ngwira other challenges include erratic supplies of Morphine, a strong analgesic which is used to easy excruciating pain.

“We would also like to enrol as many clients as possible but not many people know about this programme hence many people are suffering in silence,” he said.

With funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), PACM is implementing a Childrens’ Palliative Care Programme in Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

PACM said a needs assessment it conducted revealed that data management is one of the major problems in all the project sites.

Mzuzu Central Hospital Chief Administrator Sipho Nyasulu hailed PACM for the donation saying the institution is providing palliative care despite challenges in human resource, drugs and equipment.

Nyasulu said the Computer will also assist Health Workers to search for latest information on  palliative care on the internet.

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