In a bid to alleviate challenges the people of Traditional Authority Nthondo in Ntchisi district were facing in terms of health service delivery, World Vision Malawi has donated mattresses and various medical equipment to Nthondo Health Centre.
The donation has come at a time when most women in the maternity wing at the facility were sleeping on beds without mattresses, according to Nthondo World Vision Area Programme Team Leader, Edward Phakameya.
“It was pathetic seeing our women sleeping on hard surfaces before and even after delivery, making their stay at the facility uncomfortable. Besides that, there were inadequate BP machines which are used for checking blood pressure as well as weighing scales, hence we decided to come in and assist,” he said.
Phakameya said his organization compliments government’s efforts in ensuring provision of quality health services to the citizenry.
While commending World Vision for the gesture, Traditional Authority Nthondo advised members of staff at the health centre to take care of the property and ensure that it serves the intended beneficiaries.
“This is government property as such we don’t expect these items, more especially the mattresses to end up in your respective homes,” said the chief.
He appealed to members of the Area Development Committee (ADC) as well as the Health Advisory Committee (HAC) to be vigilant in ensuring safety of the items.
Speaking on behalf of the District Health Officer, Ntchisi District Nursing Officer, Salome Mavuka described the donation as timely coming when government through the Ministry of Health is promoting safe motherhood.
“We always encourage our women to deliver at a health facility because that is the only place where they can get the best care during and after birth. It is therefore, only proper that we have all the needed equipment in these facilities to create a conducive environment,” she said.
Nthondo Health Centre conducts 50 deliveries per month.