For over a year, Kunenekude Health Centre in Mwanza has been without water forcing health personnel to fetch it from nearby sources for their day-to-day activities.
All that has changed as Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) has restored access to potable water to the health facility through a donation of a solar powered water pump valued at K4.5 million.
PIL Finance and Administration Manager, Kambani Mchiela said they decided to intervene and help Kunenekude as part of supporting government efforts in the delivery of quality health services especially in remote areas.
Mchiela said clean water is an essential part of any health establishment therefore it was necessary to support the centre which also helps patients from the borders with neigbouring Mozambique.
“In our Corporate Social Responsibility Plan, PIL placed special emphasis on supporting health facilities in Malawi, particularly those in hard-to-reach areas as they continue to be disproportionately affected by inadequate or scarcity of medical resources and in some even basic utilities such as clean water which is an essential part in healthcare facilities.
“With the current risk of Cholera outbreaks and isolated cases of Covid-19, we believe the clean water supply will improve hygiene at this health centre and help reduce infections within the premises,” Mchiela said.
Health Services Administrator at Mwanza District Health Office (DHO), Emma Mapuchira commended PIL for the gesture saying the situation was dire.
“Almost 90 percent of hospital services require use of water, but since August 2021 we have had no water at Kunenekude Health Centre, thereby forcing us to be sending drums of water from Mwanza in a pickup. As expected, the drums will reach the destination almost half of it wasted. But now this is just a story,” Mapuchira said.
Mwanza district council chairperson, who is also councilor for Khudze ward where the hospital is placed, Emmanuel Kapawe also appreciated the support by PIL, and asked members of the community to take responsibility for providing security to the new pump.
Kunenekude health centre covers a population of 17, 000 people from 17 villages around Mwanza and part of Neno and Mozambique.
Apart from the water pump, the package also consists of solar panels mounted on the roof of the hospital.