By Tiwonge Longwe
Starfish Organization has donated sick beds worth 3.6 Million kwacha to Salima District Hospital on Friday, as one way of improving health service delivery in Malawi.
StarFish Country Director, Emmanuel Uwaezuoke said the organization together with their Partners have made the donation after random requests from the District Hospital, citing shortage of beds as a challenge.
“We received a plea that the hospital is running out of beds and it prompted us to donate the beds,” Uwaezuoke said.
He emphasized that their organization is committed and will ensure that the facility is delivering good health care services in the district. The Country Director further pledged to continue supporting the hospital with different resources whenever needed.
“As far as we have the materials needed, our organization is ready to help the hospital so that the hospital gives out the best when treating patients,” he said.
Speaking after receiving the donation, Senior Nursing Officer at Salima District Hospital, Yanjanani Mawindo expressed gratitude for the timely donation which will go a long way in mitigating the challenge of scarcity of beds at the facility. She further highlighted that the donation has rescued the hospital as funds that would have been used to procure hospital beds will bed used for other purposes.
“The donation has come at a right time now that the hospital is running out of beds and this will assist us to use the money meant for the beds in purchasing other things that the hospital is lacking like drugs thereby saving funds,” Mawindo said.
“We have opened two new health centers and those new health centers need more materials so we are asking the well-wishers to help us with anything they can manage, well-wishers to support the hospital with different equipment’s so as to divert them to other health centers,” she appealed.
Starfish is a Christian Organization which was established in 2011 and works with different stake holders with an aim of advancing change in respective impact areas.