Hardly two weeks after jointly handing over a classroom block at Chitipi LEA School with the Rotary Club of Northampton, Rotary Club of Lilongwe at the weekend extended its warm hospitality to three hospitals under Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) by donating a total of 54 mattresses worth MK1 million.
The hospitals that received the mattresses were Likuni, St Gabriel and Nkhoma mission hospitals, who got 18 mattresses each.
Speaking when handing over the mattresses at Robray Limited warehouse in Lilongwe, immediate past president for Rotary Club of Lilongwe Nelson Njikho said it was the duty of Rotarians all over the world to take care of needs of their communities.
“Rotarians all over the world are mindful of the needs of their communities and at Rotary Club of Lilongwe, we are aware of the problems that our hospitals are facing. There is a great need for equipment, medicine and other hospital supplies in the hospitals and with this small contribution we hope to alleviate some of the problems the hospitals are facing,” said Njikho.
According to deputy director of projects for the club Alfred Mwambira, the club initially wanted to repair damaged beds in the three institutions but the hospitals opted for new mattresses.
Representatives from the three hospitals took turns thanking the Rotarians for their gesture. Acting hospital administrator for St Gabriel Hospital Ringo Kanshulu said the donation of 18 mattresses would go a long way in assisting the communities within and beyond the hospital.
“We will be able to service our patients better with this donation. The money that we could have used to buy mattresses will now be used to buy medicine,” said Kanshulu.
Health secretary for Nkhoma Mission hospital Yoas Mvula and human resource officer at Likuni Hospital Besta Zakochera also hailed the Rotarians for the kind gesture.
“We are very happy and excited to receive this donation. We are in great need of help and this is one of the areas where we needed assistance. It is easy to administer medicine on patients when they have a proper place to sleep,” said Zakochera.
On his part, Mvula said Nkhoma hospital has been facing serious challenges which were aggravated by government’s decision to cancel service level agreements, under which government was recruiting doctors and nurses to work in Cham hospitals.