Health workers at St John’s Hospital in Mzuzu have launched a campaign to raise about K150 million to buy medical equipment.
The campaign highlights financial hardship faced by the hospital owned by Mzuzu Diocese of the Catholic Church.
The constraints have affected healthcare services at what used to be the most reliable health facility in the leafy city before the opening of Mzuzu Central Hospital (MCH). Now it refers about 15 patients to MCH every month.
On Tuesday, senior administrative officer Elizabeth Philemon said the cases, including maternal complications, could be handled at the Catholic hospital if it had necessary equipment.
“The hospital needs over K250 million to stabilise. For a start, we want to raise K150 million before the end of the year,” she said.
The health workers have organised a 20-kilometre big walk from Ekwendeni to Mzuzu on May 6 to raise funds and make people aware of the challenges.
They are also conducting health check-ups which generated about K90 000 by yesterday.
“We have a long way to go. We want people to come and support us. By doing so, they will be saving lives,” said Philemon.
The hospital has signed a service-level agreement with government to start offering free services to pregnant women next month.n