Salima District Hospital has appealed to well-wishers to help in alleviating mobility challenges that have hit the facility.
Salima district health officer (DHO), Bongani Chikwapulo, said this on Tuesday during a full council meeting.
He said currently, the hospital has only three ambulances that are serving 19 health centres in the district.
Said Chikwapulo: “The hospital receives many cases that require urgent attention from other health facilities, but lack of ambulances remains a challenge. We would like to ask both government and non-governmental organisations [NGOS]to rescue us from this problem for people to enjoy their right to health.”
Salima Central member of Parliament (MP), Felix Jumbe, pleaded with people in the area to start adopting new family planning methods to reduce pressure on resources, including health.
Invest in Knowledge research institution on Tuesday donated drugs and medical equipment worth K2 million to Mhuju Health Centre in Traditional Authority (T/ A) Mwahenga in Rumphi District.
The equipment included gloves, wheelchair and laparotomy gadgets.
Speaking during the handover ceremony at the health centre, Invest in Knowledge research director James Mkandawire said the donation marked the launch of initiatives his institution has lined up for health centres across the country.
He said government alone cannot meet medical requirements of all health centres nationwide, hence, their coming in to help.
Said Mkandawire: “The donation is part of our efforts to improve service delivery in our hospitals. We aim to give life to our people so that they should continue participating in the development of the country.”
In her remarks, Rumphi district health officer Mirriam Mkandawire thanked Invest in Knowledge for the support, saying the facility needs enough drugs and equipment as it serves a big population.
She said: “This is a great relief to our drug budget; we thank you for the support.”
T/A Mwahenga asked Mhuju Health Centre officials to use the donation for its intended purpose. n