The situation at Bwaila Hospital is so bad that there is great need to expand the facility if it is to continue serving the ever growing clientele in the Central Region.
Friends of Bwaila, a newly formed grouping that is raising funds for the hospital, has said that there is need to assist the facility to have a second operating theatre, which would reduce the time patients wait to be operated on.
Speaking on behalf of the grouping, Laura Munthali said if the current situation is left unchecked there is a likelihood of losing many lives in future.
She said, “In 2012, expectant women awaiting a ceasarian section at Bwaila Hospital could wait for up to more than one and a half hours instead of the recommended 30 minutes because the facility only had one operating theatre.”
Munthali said this on Saturday night during a fundraising event organised to to raise funds to address problems in the maternity section.
Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) gave a K200 000 cheque while councillor Desmond Bikoko of Chowo Ward in Lilongwe East Constituency made a cash contribution of K25 000 towards the cause.
The guest of honour at the event was South African High Commissioner, Mboyane Mokone who hailed the grouping for the initiative.