Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) chief nursing officer Lonely Ndundu has said donations which companies and individuals make to patients, especially children, are a psychological boost in their recovery process.
She was speaking when Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Limited donated assorted Christmas and New Year goodies, worth K3.15 million (about $4 809), to patients in various children’s wards at the hospital.
Each patient was given a plastic pail, hamper comprising 25 washing and bath soap tablets, fortified porridge flour, instant baby food, sugar and salt packets, two giant Kamba puffs, two litres of orange juice and some toys.
The 265 hampers, lit up the atmosphere in the wards, as most of the young patients excitedly demanded to be served their puffs or juice there and then, while their mothers or guardians protectively clasped the pails, which they described as highly cherished and versatile utilities at a hospital.
She urged more companies and individuals to emulate the Limbe Leaf gesture towards helping to meet some of the patients’ needs.
Presenting the donation, Limbe Leaf financial controller Henry Chowawa said the company is committed to cheering up patients and alleviating their suffering through annual programmes which had targeted Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe in 2014, prior to the KCH visit.
“It is Limbe Leaf’s hope that, in a small way, the gifts will provide the patients with the opportunity to celebrate like everyone else. It raises their morale to note others out there in the community love and care for them,” he added. n