As a way of making sure that the health sector is more vibrant, the Norwegian Church Aid on Thursday donated a back up solar system to St. Faith Clinic in Kasungu.
The clinic runs a maternity wing which consists a labour ward and antenatal section under the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) of the Anglican Church.
Speaking during the official handover ceremony of the backup solar system, Norwegian Church Aid Country Representative Stein Villumstad acknowledged the fact that the health sector in Malawi is faced with various challenges.
“Since October, 2016, we have been hearing from the media of the continued blackouts in the country. This continued blackout is putting lives of people in the country at risk.
“This is why as Norwegian Church Aid with funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, we thought of making this gesture to the people not surrounding St. Faith only but seven other hospitals in Kasungu,” said Villumstad.
According to Villumstad, the country cannot develop if people are not given the required health services they require in good time.
Speaking earlier, District Health Officer for Kasungu, Dr. Ireen Kamwanza, commended CHAM for being there always in assisting the Ministry of Health in health services.
“It is the responsibility of the Ministry of health to provide good health services to the people of Malawi, but where we are not there, CHAM is taking up our responsibility of providing health services to the people,” said Kamwanza.
Commenting on the donation, she said the help has come at the right time as the country is facing a lot of power outages. She added that hospitals also keep drugs that must be kept under refrigeration all the time.
“With the power outages, this was a challenge, but with the backup solar power system there will be no problem in keeping these drugs,” said Kamwanza.
Meanwhile, the DHO has since asked the people surrounding the facility to take good care of it for they own it.
St Faith clinic serves a population of 41, 317 in Chinyama Village, Sub Traditional Authority Chamama in Kasungu district.
Apart from supporting with the backup solar system at St Faith, the Norwegian Church Aid has also given out similar backup in seven other clinics in Kasungu and the total value is MK 200,000,000.
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