Rumphi District Council chairperson Harry Mnyenyembe has asked well-wishers to support Rumphi District Hospital, saying the council is failing to meet the hospital’s financial needs.
He made the call on Saturday when members of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Sacco) from Northern Region-Chapter 3 donated three oxygen cylinders and curtains to commemorate International Credit Union Day.
“It is our responsibility as a council to support this hospital, but we have limited resources,” said Mnyenyembe.
He also said the facility’s guardian shelter is dilapidated and the toilets and bathrooms are not in good condition.
The hospital’s chief nursing officer Bonnifacio Ndovi said the hospital struggles with oxygen supplementation for patients because it has six oxygen concentrators only.
“Each ward has one concentrator and we struggle when we have more than four patients that are critically ill and need oxygen supplementation,” he said.
Chapter 3 Sacco director Ammon Moyo said they noted the challenges and donated the items worth K1 million to ease some of the problems.
Chapter 3 Saccos includes Kawiruwiru, United Civil Servants, Mzuzu University, Timbiri and Rumphi Teachers Sacco.
International Credit Union Day falls on a third
Thursday of October.