Coventry and Rugby Daughters of Nyasa, a grouping of Malawian women based in the United Kingdom, has donated several items to patients at Namulenga Health Centre in Mulanje District.
The group, which was launched in 2012 with the aim of raising funds to help fellow women who are based in UK, raised money to help patients at Namulenga Health Centre upon discovering that most patients refuse to take drugs due to hunger.
The news prompted Daughters of Nyasa (Don) to donate maize flour, soap, Vaseline and others items worth K240,000 on Friday.
According to a representative of the grouping, Ntisunge Katemba who flew into the country for holiday, members of the group were touched by the story that patients have been dying at the hospital because they lacked food as the hospital can no longer afford to provide them with porridge.
“Although we are based in UK, we are Malawians still, and mothers for that matter, hence we thought of doing something about this. You know when a person is sick, it is the time they need more energy and that liveliness can only come from nutrition.
“We know it is not much but we believe reaching out to a soul or two means a lot as the Bible teaches us to give a helping hand to a brother or sister who is suffering, no matter the little we have, it is satisfying when you fulfil that,” said Katemba.
Speaking when she received the donation, in-charge of Namulenga Health Centre, Sister Catherine, Chimwaza, commended Don for the gesture, saying at came at the right time as most patients were in need of food.
“We are so grateful and we appreciate this contribution because we have a lot of patients that are starving, this food will help a lot of lives,” stated Chimwaza.
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