Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe has recorded zero maternal deaths in the past four months, a development senior medical officer Wezi Mumba-Mwakilama has attributed to staff dedication and good relations with stakeholders.
She said this on Friday when she received two oxygen concentrators, one vacuum extractor and 10 manual baby weighing scales all valued at K2.5 million from audit and business advisory firm Deloitte for the hospital’s maternity wing.
“Our staff is really professional and we have good relations with our partners such as Deloitte. So, delivery of maternal health services is of good standard. That is why we are able to achieve such a good record,” Mumba-Mwakilama said.
She said the development is in contrast to previous months when the hospital was recording maternal deaths every month and in some extreme but isolated cases, the records went as high as four maternal deaths monthly.
Mumba-Mwakilama said the equipment will improve delivery of maternal health services at the hospital.
Deloitte partner Vilengo Beza said the donation is meant to support the community and complement government efforts in safeguarding lives of women and new babies.
“It is our desire to see the babies grow and become useful citizens and that process starts here,” he said.
Beza said Deloitte has always been a partner to the hospital and will continue to support the hospital in various ways.
Bwaila Hospital, catering for a catchment area of about 2.6 million people from Nathenje, Kabudula, Mitundu and Area 25, among others, is the second biggest public hospital in the district after the referral Kamuzu Central Hospital.