Allianbce One Tobacco Limited on Thursday donated a K5 million worth labour ward and equipment to Likuni Mission Hospital in Lilongwe.
According to the company’s Corporate Affairs Manager Manager Fran Malila, the move aims at giving explectant mothers and health workers a conducive delivering and working environment.
“In Malawi, we have observed that although many expectant mothers have the interest to deliver in hospitals, many are forced to still go to the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) because many hospitals’ dont have enough space to catter for them, let alone the required equipment,” she said.
According to Malira, the labour wing was built in three phases, the first one with K1.5 million, the second and third consuming K2.3 each and K1.4 million was spent on purchasing beds and mattresses.
“As a company involved in agricultural activities, we are very concerned in the environment in which people leave in and thats why we try our utmost best to give back to the farmers, in this case our mothers,” said Malira.
Alliance One Tobacco is also involved in various Corporate Social Rensponsibility activities in education, sanitation, environment and education sectors in the country.
Among others, it has constructed school blocks, water dams for irrigation farming and distriduted farming machinery to farmers to enhance their production base.
Health Secretary in the Catholic Health Commission of the Lilongwe ArchDiocies Regina Nyang’wasaid through the donations, the hospital will be able to provide quality martenal and child health to mothers through conducting deliveries in delivery cubicles that provide privacy and meet the standards on infection prevention.
“This is in line with Millennium Development Goal number 4 and 5 which stresses the reduction of child mortality and improvement of martenal health respectively.
“The newly renovated and spacious labour ward will attract more pregnant mothers within the catchment area to come and deliver with the assistance of skilled health workers. This will in turn reduce the incidences of maternal and child mortality through deliveries at TBA’s,” she said.
Likuni Mission Hospital serves both urban and rural communities with a catchment population of 169 000 people with varying socio-economic profiles and with the majority is struggling to make ends meet.
This alone poses a great challenge in that the hospital find it difficult to raise enough funds to meet the ever inreasing demand for its health services.
The hospital has an average of 15 deliveries per day with 250 per month, but the hospital capacity was built to accomodate 10 deliveries per day which forced them to have some expectant mothers in other wards.