Nation Publications Limited (NPL) has hailed Lilongwe residents for turning out in large numbers to support the aerobic sessions at Bingu National Stadium aimed at raising funds for the 2019 NPL Mothers Fun Run.
NPL marketing manager Albert Banda said he was delighted with the turnout.
“We thank the residents for their support. This shows people want to see changes in our hospitals. Though this is a fundraising event, the important thing is that we are sending a message that we need a change in our public hospitals,” he said.
Society for Medical Doctors (SMD) spokesperson Bridget Malewezi said the fundraising exercise was a noble cause.
“We applaud them for bringing issues affecting mothers. NPL has raised issues that doctors and nurses see every day; hence, we need to join hands,” she said.
Also present was National Planning Commission (NPL) director general Thomas Chakalala Munthali who said he went to support NPL Mothers Fun Run because there was need to mobilise citizens to ensure mothers are safe in hospitals.
“This is signal to government and other people that we need to do something to ensure that our hospitals are well staffed and have got all necessary resources to help our mothers give birth safely,” he said.
NPL seeks to raise K300 million this year to go towards alleviating challenges being experienced by Ntcheu and Likoma district hospitals.