Chikwawa: World Vision Malawi (WVM) has donated an assortment of medical supplies to Ngabu Rural Hospital, pledging to continue with its noble task of promoting child rights through various interventions.
WVM with support from World Vision United States of America on Friday made the donation of the items to the tune of K10 million earmarked for Chikwawa district and Ngabu Rural Hospital, in particular.
Presenting the donation, WVM’s member of Malawi Advisory Council, Dr. Lucy Kachapira said the organization was pleased to be associated with provision of quality health services through the donation which also marked the launch of similar donations to Balaka, Ntcheu, Salima, Mchinji, Dowa and Ntchisi.
So far, money amounting to K84 million has been spent on these donations in all the districts mentioned which will likely see many children and women benefiting. We are proud to be a partner of government through the Ministry of Health, she said.
WVM has greatly contributed towards development of the health sector. We have also built a number of Under 5 clinics on top of several initiatives towards complementing government in the health sector, Kachapira observed.
She said at least three million children have since been reached with various interventions as such commended the Ministry of Health for the cordial relationship existing between government and her development partners including World Vision.
Kachapira called on people in the district to refrain from marrying off girl children, saying the behavior fuels complications when it comes to giving birth.
Chikwawa District Hospital Officer, Dr. Stalin Zinkanda commended WVM for the support, noting that Ngabu Rural Hospital serves a large population from the surrounding areas, a development which compromises delivery of quality health services.
Ngabu Rural Hospital serves a catchment population of about 150,000 despite having few members of staff. As if that was not enough, the hospital is dilapidated and there is no functional ambulance on top of having an old tiny mortuary, he lamented.
Zinkanda advised management of Ngabu Rural Hospital to ensure proper management of the medical supplies in a bid to attract more support from other development partners.
Senior Chief Ngabu said it was the responsibility of everyone in community to safeguard the donated materials, assuring that there would be close supervision to ensure that the items were abused.
Some of the medical supplies WVM donated included, two patient monitoring systems, 24 plasters for casting Plastic of Paris (POP), clutches for kids, six gynecological sets, 500 laboratory test tubes, five stethoscopes.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA