Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) has donated K5 million worth of medical equipment to Rumphi District Hospital.
Speaking after handing over the equipment on Monday, PIL general manager Enwell Kadango said the company has partnered Ministry of Health to reach out to health institutions across the country with similar donations.
He said his institution sets aside K50 million every year to assist needy hospitals with medical items worth K5 million per facility in line with its corporate social responsibility priorities.
“Our priority as PIL is to ensure that the country has enough fuel at all times. We bring it into the country in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner. However, we realise the shortfalls within the health sector to ensure a healthy people; hence, reaching out for the country to achieve good health delivery systems,” he said.
Some of the donated items were patient monitor machines, centrifuge, electric cutter, trolleys, plaster of Paris, oxygen concentrator, among others.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the hospital, Rumphi district medical officer Dr Westain Nyirenda commended PIL for the donation, saying the consignment will make it easier for medical personnel to provide quality service to the people in the district.
He also said the donation would relieve some of the pressure on the sparse human resource and medical equipment at the hospital.
“Previously, we didn’t have most of the equipment donated today and the few we had were old and needed frequent maintenance. We hope these will serve us better,” he said.
Rumphi District Hospital Advisory Committee chairperson Manase Mhango said his team will provide an oversight role to make sure that the donated items are used as intended.