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Mwanza Hospital in shortage of medical equipment

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Mwanza District Hospital is operating without some basic but crucial medical equipment needed for patients, an official said over the weekend.

Acting District Nursing Officer, Emma Kapawe, said the hospital is operating without nebulisers, a scanning machine, wheelchairs, a heater in the nutrition rehabilitation unit, suction machine, patient trolleys and sterilising machines.

Kapawe said, in times when patients require diagnosis, they are referred to Lisungwi Community Hospital in Neno District or Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre as the hospital’s scanning machine stopped working a year ago.

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“The scanning machine is one important machine that is used for diagnosis purposes and at times when a patient has complex issues and we cannot tell his or her illness by the signs and symptoms and the tests we conduct.

“The scanning machine is very important. We use it mostly for expectant mothers and children,” Kapawe said.

The hospital administers about 250 to 300 patients in a day, 35 of whom are children.

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According to Kapawe, the common illness at the facility is malaria.

The facility delivers about 10 babies in a day.

“Much as we are doing well in infection prevention, we would also want assistance in sanitary equipment such as buckets and mops,” she said.

In a related development, Warehouse Village Bank from Blantyre has committed to helping the heath facility.

The group announced the commitment when its members visited the facility on Monday to cheer children as part of Easter holiday celebrations.

“We will find some money and help out at least by buying an equipment. Our visit today was, however, to cheer the sick children with the word of the Lord and some little gifts. So, we brought tablets of soap, sugar, oil and lotion and we have spent about K250,000 reaching out to 60 children,” said Hilda Yahaya, Matron for the group.

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