Malawi Vice President’s wife, Mary Chilima, on Tuesday gave an early Christmass treat to new maternity wing patients at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe where she went to cheer up the sick and also donated assorted items.
Chilima shared a hamper to patients containing soap, biscuits, Sobo and sugar, among other items.
“As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, its very important that we also consider those who will not have time to be with their families due to some problems,” said Mrs Chilima.
“As you know this is Christmas time, we thought of celebrating it with the sick, hence the donation,” she added.
Mrs Chilima said emphasized the need for Malawians to have a giving heart.
Lilongwe District Health Officer Dr Mwawi Mwale hailed Mrs Chilima for the donation, saying they were “very grateful.”
Mwale said: “There are a lot of facilities she could have visited but we are very happy that she selected Bwaila Hospital. Some patients have had a feeling to spend Christmas with their families but due to some problems
they have failed and that’s when they need someone to put a smile on their faces.
“This donation does not excites patients only but also health workers because they will be working with happy people.”
Bwaila maternity wing is supposed to accommodate 250 patients, but due to high demand, it has up to 400.
The maternity registers up to 50 births per day, 1,400 to 1,600 per month, and 16,000 to 18, 000 per year.