The Director for Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), Dr. Jonathan Ngoma has described his staff working in the pediatrics department as a committed and hard working team.
Ngoma made the remarks on Tuesday when he received, on behalf of the hospital, a donation of mattresses, wheel chairs, suction machines, drugs and other medical items worth MK3.5m from State House Women’s Social Welfare to the hospital’s pediatrics department.
Having thanked the State House women for the donation which he said was timely; Ngoma said he was very proud of the team of staff working in the department for its commitment and hard work.
Said Ngoma: “I’m happy to say that despite all the challenges we face here at KCH in terms of resources, we have a very hard working staff in the pediatrics department and I’m sure it’s their commitment to work that motivates well-wishers such as the State House women to help.”
He said it was, again, due to such commitment to work that the mortality rate in the section remained low despite the pressure of admissions the section receives on daily basis.
He assured the State House Women Social Welfare that the donated items would be used for the intended purpose and that as KCH Director he would be vigilant to ensure that.
Turning to the staff, the director warned them against any temptation to abuse the donated items but rather use them prudently to help safe lives of children.
The pediatrics is the largest department at KCH with a bed capacity of 250 but it admits up to 500 patients during Malaria season.
According to information sourced from the referral health facility’s website, the department has had a departmental specific case fatality rate of 3 percent from 6 percent following “tremendous reorganization” the department has undergone.