Candlex gives K1m for BAH heart care


Candle Malawi has donated K1 million to Blantyre Adventist Hospital (BAH) towards the purchase of a software which the hospital intends to use in upgrading its Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan machine.

BAH is running a campaign to raise K14 million to buy the software to enable it upgrade its CT machine which will be first of its kind in Malawi once completed.

Candlex Malawi general manager, Fredrick Changaya, said the donation is aimed at supporting the health sector as the company realises that heart problems are always prevalent in Malawi.


“Candlex is already in the healthy industry by way of hygiene and cleanliness. We provide health from outside the body while BAH focuses on internal side hence we are complementing them through the donation,” said Changaya.

BAH radiology supervisor Collins Vomela said the hospital has a new high technology CT machine but lacks the cardiac software which works side by side with the existing CT machine.

He said once synchronised, the machine will be able to capture more details of heart anatomy and functions, especially images of small blood vessel which feeds the heart.


“The arteries may sometimes get blocked because of fat deposits. The software will be able to detect the presence, the location and the extent of blockage and the doctors will plan according to the picture of this condition to prevent heart attacks which is a serious problem,” said Vomela.

He said the machine will also be able to detect if one is at risk of heart attack, even when not sick.

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