National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc on Saturday donated various medical items worth K3 million to Dwambazi Rural Hospital in Nkhota Kota.
Presenting the donation, NBM Chief Executive Officer Macfussy Kawawa said they decided to donate the medical items after realizing challenges that rural hospitals face in healthy delivery.
“The other reason why we also decided to make this donation is that we have just opened our new Dwangwa Service Centre and this is part of celebration of the opening of our new service centre. We also know that some of our customers and would be customers will be serviced by this hospital and as a Bank we want our customers to be healthy for the economy to improve,” said Kawawa.
Kawawa said NBM plc as a good corporate citizen understands its responsibilities hence its support towards the health sector among other sectors it supports in its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy.
“I urge the hospital administration and even the community to look after the items well so that they benefit the patients,” said Kawawa.
Among the medical items that were donated by NBM plc include oxygen concentrators, weighing scale, boxes of gloves, cleaning fluid, hospital screen, sterilizer, bed pans, instrument trays, BP machines and glocometers.
Receiving the donation, Nkhota Kota Senior Medical Officer Dr Alinafe Chinsangu thanked NBM plc for the donation saying it will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges that hospitals, especially rural hospitals like Dwambazi are facing.
“We have about 21 health centres in the district that face various challenges in health service delivery. The donation by National Bank today will help in reducing some of the problems that rural hospitals face and we are very grateful for this donation. We ask other companies to emulate what NBM plc has done,” said Chinsangu.
Traditional Authority (T/A) Kafuzira commended NBM plc for the donation and appealed to other well wishers to help the rural hospital.
“We thank national Bank for this donation but I want to appeal to others to also help us with some of the things that we luck here. The mortuary is not working and we do not have mattresses for the patients, it is disheartening to see patients sleeping on beds without mattresses,” said the traditional chief.
By Mc Donald Chapalapata, a Contributor