Press Cane Limited, an Ethanol producing company has donated two Ethanol powered minibus ambulances to Chikwawa and Nsanje District Hospitals.
Speaking during the handover ceremony at Chikwawa District Hospital on Friday, Press Cane Limited General Manager, Dr Christopher Guta, said what Malawi should do is to secure funding for farmers to grow more sugarcane so that ethanol production is not stalled.
Guta cited Brazil as one of the countries which is generating power from Ethanol and achieving positive social economic development.
“Malawi made a commitment to use 100 percent ethanol for motor vehicles and improve the energy sector. Our country needs to have alternatives, in case there is no fuel, ethanol should come in to support the transport sector,” said Guta, adding that Government also needs to set prices for ethanol in filling stations.
According to Guta, they decided to support the health sector as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) hoping that their gesture is going to minimize mobility challenges the two district hospitals were facing.
He added that it is not the first time for the company to support surrounding communities citing construction of school blocks and toilets at Dyeratu Primary School and modern toilets at Chikwawa Secondary School.
Speaking on behalf of two district councils, Chairperson for Chikwawa District Council, Collex Nankumba, thanked Press Cane for the timely donation.
Nankumba called on other companies that are operating in the Lower Shire districts to emulate what Press Cane Limited has done and support different sectors with the challenges they face.
He pointed out Chikwawa District Hospital’s dilapidated mortuary and poor laboratory including the lack of portable water among communities as some of the challenges that companies can assist the district alleviate.