MAHECAS (UK) through the NPL’s Mother’s Fun Run project have donated various medical supplies to the Kangolwa Health Centre in Ntchisi. The health centre has a catchment population of about 18,730 who depend on the centre to provide health care.
While receiving the donations, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kasakula urged hospital officials to put the supplies to good use. “We are glad that MAHECAS decided to donate the medical supplies to Kangolwa Health Centre.” he said.
On her part, Ntchisi District Nursing Officer Brenda Gausi said the items will help the people of Ntchisi for a long time. “As we went through the boxes, we were grinning because the items that we found in there, will make our work easier. We could not have managed to source these things on our own. These items will help us for a long time, and to show our appreciation, we will take care of them,” she said.
MAHECAS’s donation was a response to an initiative under NPL’s Mother’s Fun Run project whereby people spend one night in the maternity ward of a public health facility to have a feel of what pregnant women go through during childbirth.
The aim is to raise funds to buy equipment that can help the affected health facilities to provide better maternal health care, thereby reducing maternal and child deaths in the country. The MAHECAS UK support was in response to Ms Martha Chizuma’s call for support to the facility, which she highlighted after the sleepover challenge in 2018.
MAHECAS would like to extend its gratitude to Susan Lander and Maria Rosa Ibrahim, who donated most of the items.