The 2019 Mother’s Fun Run (MFR) ended yesterday with Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and its partners handing over medical supplies and equipment at Ntcheu District Health office.
Speaking at the ceremony, NPL chief executive officer Mbumba Banda described this year’s MFR as historic, being the first time the initiative supported two districts at once.
She pledged more support towards maternal and neonatal health services in the country.
“We are happy when we see people and organisations coming with various support. It’s not NPL, but NPL and its partners supporting mothers,” said Banda.
She said this year’s resource mobilisation was difficult, because of the current political impasse, but was hopeful for an improvement next year.
Ntcheu acting district health officer Stella Mpata said the support rendered by NPL and its partners will solve a lot of problems at the district hospital and its satellites.
She said despite government efforts to supply the needed medical supplies, Ntcheu DHO has many challenges which need partners to solve.
“Our maternity wing is small, meant for 10 deliveries at a time, but sometimes we force matters to deliver 20 babies at a time,” said Mpata.
She pledged to personally supervise the use of the donated items, to ensure that the poor masses benefit the most.
Senior Chief Kwataine of Ntcheu has warned that he will deal with anyone found misusing the donated medical equipment and supplies
This year’s MFR targeted K300 million, but managed to mobilise K135 million for Likoma and Ntcheu districts.
Yesterday’s function was attended by, among others, representatives from Press Trust, Water Aid, GIZ, Standard Bank, CDH Bank and district health officials.