Ticheze a Malawi, TaM central region chapter over the weekend cleaned the premises and donated soap to male and female TB patients at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe.
TaM, which has a nation-wide membership of over 100 members, is a socializing and charitable grouping with various outreach programs.
TB ward Senior nurse and midwife Flora Kathyola said the assistance was timely taking into consideration that her patients lack basic needs since they are mostly neglected by guardians and relations.
“Some stay at the hospital for almost two months but without a guardian or any relation to come and cheer them up. They don’t even have money to buy whatever they want to have, so this donation will give them hope that at least there are some people who look at the as human beings,” said Kathyola.
She added, “Some rely on the staff for help and being the only nurse for this ward, it is difficult to assist everyone, we always need people of good will like TaM to come to our rescue.”
Justina Suedi, who comes from Namitete in Lilongwe, is one patient who has stayed at the hospital for a month but without a guardian.
She said all she relies upon is a little meal provided by the hospital.
“I cannot wash and even take a bath because I don’t have soap. Since I came here, there has never been any assistance from my relations. I feel like they just came and dumped me here, life has been a struggle on two fronts, the disease and the feel of rejection.
“When we see people coming with such assistance, we feel like giving us a second chance to live a healthy life again,” she said.
TaM central region coordinator, Frank Mambala said they decided to visit Bwaila especially the TB ward so that they could share the little they have with these patients and to cheer them up.