MANGOCHI: Mangochi Community Technical College (MCTC) has offered to repair all the furniture that was damaged at Mangochi District Hospital following the April 15 fire accident for free.
MCTC Principal, Ronald Mbasa Mwawembe confirmed the community service in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday, saying the college was working on logistics and taking an inventory of the damaged furniture which includes beds, trolleys, desks, wheel chairs and filing cabinets.
Mwawembe said as a community college they felt duty bound to take part in restoring the damage to the health facility which is also within the college’s catchment area and it serves the same.
The college has the capacity and it is well equipped in terms of human resources and materials we have good machines, labour and well trained instructors, boasted Mwawembe, adding: It will be very exciting for the students because to them it will be part of practical experience.
Mwawembe added that the college would not expect any monetary payment from management of the hospital or the council believing that the gesture would instill the spirit of social responsibility among the college’s students.
He hailed management of the facility for accepting the offer and for their confidence in the college’s students that they could do the repairs professionally.
During an extraordinary District Executive Committee meeting held on April 16, a day after the fire accident, District Commissioner for Mangochi, Reverend Moses Chimphepo and Mangochi District Health Officer, Dr. Henry Chibowa (Junior) appealed to civil society organizations, the corporate world and the general public to help the council get the hospital back on its feet.
A preliminary report on the fire established that the health facility would require from the technical college maintenance of 250 beds, 17 examination couches, 10 patients’ trolleys, wheel chairs and other office furniture such as desks and chairs.
MCTC is a model centre that offers opportunities to the youth who could not make it to institutions of higher learning or tertiary education to venture into various technical and vocational skills occupations to earn a living.
The college offers training in eight apprentices which include automobile mechanics and associated works, brick laying, carpentry and joinery, electrical installation and electronics, fabrication and welding, information and communication technology, plumbing, tailoring and fashion design.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA