Mzimba, September 7, Mana: Mzimba District Hospital student nurses on Tuesday organized a big walk aimed at raising funds to construct High Dependency Unit (HDU) within the Children’s ward at the hospital.
One of the big-walk organizers, Takondwa Munthali, said the student nurses decided to undertake the initiative after discovering that Mzimba District Hospital does not have a separate room where children who are critically ill are treated.
“Actually, we decided to conduct this big walk because we found it as a challenge bearing in mind that the children’s ward at Mzimba District Hospital does not have a High Dependency Unity to treat these critically ill children,” Munthali said.
Munthali said the situation was posing as a threat for infection transmission among patients within the room, as children with various infections are mixed in one room disregarding the condition of their illnesses.
”After discovering this challenge, it’s when we sat down as a group and came up with this plan so that we can source funds to support this project,” he said.
Munthali further appealed to various stakeholders willing to support the initiative, to come in and help to reduce pressure within the children’s ward at the hospital.
“We all know that it starts with us and it starts with you, so let us cooperate as we are striving to improve the health status of our young ones around the district,” said Munthali.
Speaking in a separate interview, one of the guardians at the hospital, Esther Banda, applauded the development, expressing hope that the initiative would reduce congestion within the children’s ward.
“This development will really help health workers at the health facility because currently, this children’s ward is very congested, which can make it even easier for COVID-19 to spread,” Banda said.
The student nurses targeted to raise K400, 000 to support the project. However, they managed to raise K251, 000 through the big walk.