Salima, September 30, Mana: Starfish Malawi, a Christian-based organisation in Salima on Wednesday donated beds and mattresses to Salima District Hospital worth over K3 million.
The gesture was aimed at enhancing health service delivery and wellbeing of patients at the hospital.
Speaking after making the donation, StarFish Malawi Country Director, Emmanuel Uwaezuoke, said the donation was a response following a call from the hospital that it was in need of beds, especially at the COVID-19 treatment centre.
“Our organisation works hand in hand with the district health office and after receiving a call that they are in need of hospital beds, we thought of seeking help from our partners from outside the country who have helped us with the donation we are making today,” said Uwaezuoke.
He further asked for stakeholders’ interventions in curbing some of the challenges the hospital is currently facing during this COVID-19 pandemic period.
“We are supporting partners; hence we need to support our district hospital with every little thing that we can manage because this is a crucial period when the health facility is in short supplies of items, hence I ask others to help too,” he said.
Salima District Senior Nursing Officer, Yanjanani Mawindo, described the gesture as a milestone for the hospital, saying the beds would go a long way in alleviating the suffering of patients whom she said sleep on the floor when capacity is full.
“Salima has currently opened two new health facilities and with the current bed capacity at the district hospital, we needed some additional beds for better service delivery.
“This donation has come at the right time for us to offer quality services to our patients,” she said.
Mawindo also said with the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital is in need of assorted medical equipment and supplies. She, therefore hailed the support that different stakeholders are rendering to the hospital.
Recently, Starfish Malawi also constructed a health facility at Ngolowindo in the district which was donated to government. The organisation also donated four oxygen concentrators to Salima District Hospital.