Mangochi District Hospital is in great need of a main generator to help patients in times of power outages, one of the hospital’s doctors, Innocent Lanjesi has disclosed.
He said this on Monday at the district’s referral health facility premises when Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) donated assorted items worth over K3.7 million to patients in each of the five wards including the new maternity wing.
The district hospital has a bed capacity of over 350; but due to the district’s population boom of approximately over 1.2 million, it accommodates to over 500.
Apart from main genset, the hospital is also sailing through turbulent times as it faces challenges of refrigerator to keep drugs, sanctions machines, and dental chairs, mini monitors both in the wards and in the theatres, among others.
“We are in a difficulty situation. The absence of the main genset is a big problem beyond our reach. It puts lives of patients who are on oxygen a great risk of losing their lives in the event of blackout.
“We just thank God, the district does not experience frequent blackouts but had it been that it was like other districts, I am afraid we could have been experiencing many preventable deaths due to this challenge,” he said.
Lanjesi, dental surgeon revealed that previously when the hospital had its own stand by generator, health officials were not panicking when the patients were in the High Dependence Unit (HDU).
“We are privileged that you are here today. Let me take advantage of your presence to appeal to organisations, companies and people of goodwill to come to our rescue,” he said while appreciating that the items will go a long way in supporting the patients
In his remarks, Macra director of finance, Ben Chitsonga said the festive season compelled them to make the donation as part of celebrating with those in problems.
“We budgeted K15 million to buy items such as sugar, salt, squash, cooking oil, rice, milk, maize flour, soap, soya pieces, among others which we have donated to Mangochi, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Nkhota-Kota and Rumphi district hospitals. This is a Christmas gift,” he said.
Most hospitals in the country face similar challenges including lack of space.