Queens Hospital refuses PP women to donate

Women from People’s Party have been denied to donate some items to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) guardian shelter in Blantyre.

Deputy National Director of Women in the People’s Party, Etinor Koloviko says the women in PP decided to visit the guardian shelter after learning of the hardships that women are facing which include poor sanitation, congestion and water shortage.

“We were told that some people with patients do not have food to give their patients or for them to eat, we were very touched and wanted to help our friends,” said Koloviko.

A supporter wears a t-shirt bearing the party's three pillars: unity, equity, and development.

She said they wrote the hospital admistrator at QECH on February 22 informing them hospital of their intention to donate but received a phone call on Friday Feb 24 about their refusal.

“We were called by a Mr Nkhonjera who told us that we cannot donate because the hospital is busy, we do not understand how donating to the guardian shelter would disrupt activities at the hospital” wondered Koloviko

A visit to the shelter revealed that most people coming from districts surrounding Blantyre go without food for days as most of the times; these people do not even have relatives in the nearby communities who could offer psychological, material and financial support.

Maria Phiri of Chikhwawa says has been at the hospital with her ailing mother for a month. She says the hospital provides substandard food for the mother and she struggles to find food as the hospital only provides food for patients.

“My mother has been sick for a month, she was referred here from a health Centre in Chikhwawa, since we have been here, and I struggle to find food. I sleep without eating most of the times and it’s hard to look after my sick mother on an empty stomach,” the destitute Phiri told Nyasa Times.

Phiri’s case is similar to most people in the shelter who experience an emotional turmoil characterised by feelings of helplessness, anxiety, inferiority and dissatisfaction with life and wonder why the hospital denied people to donate as they do not help them in any way.

“I come from Mulanje and I don’t have relatives in town, most of us here sleep without eating, some even resolve to beg on the streets,” said Jessie Maulana.

Guardian Shelter is a place that people with patients cook there food. QECH being a referrer hospital, a lot of people come from districts surrounding Blantyre.

Patients’ relatives play a vital role in the care, feeding and nursing of patients admitted in hospital.

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