Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) in partnership with Danish Church Aid (DCA) on Wednesday handed over K6.2 million worth assorted medical equipment to Lulanga Health Centre under the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire in Mangochi as one way of complementing government’s efforts in improving health care in rural health facilities.
The items include oxygen concentrators, blood pressure machine, wheel chair and three drip stands.
MCA – DCA Country Director Stefan Jansen, said it is the desire of the church organisations to see that rural health facilities have capacity to provide health services to rural communities.
“It takes four and half hours to drive from Mangochi to Lulanga such that when patients have serious issues, it takes time to reach the district referral health facility. As such, this rural facility needs to be equipped with materials so that it should fully serve the surrounding community,” said Jansen.
Receiving the items, Executive Director for Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM), Happy Makala expressed gratitude to NCA – DCA for the donation to the facility.
“We are pleased with the NCA-DCA partnership and the continued support which the organizations provide. As an association, we strive to ensure that our facilities are furnished with state of the art equipment,” he added.
Chief Hospital Administrator for Lukes Hospital, Winasi David Boma described the donation as timely saying that the medical equipment will help Lulanga Health Centre improve service delivery especially in maternal and neonatal section which the facility provides to the community.
“Lulanga Health Centre is one of the facilities in Malawi that provide services to a larger community of about 45,000 people. The resources were limited and the donation is a boost to the facility as it will minimise various implications that ariseswhen treating patients,” he said.
Both NCA and DCA are faith based organisations whose mission is to improve livelihood of people in Malawi by ensuring access to quality health service delivery in the health facilities through provision of medical equipment and facility structures.