One of Malawi’s conglomerates, Press Trust, on Wednesday donated K12.5 million to Operation Smile which is undertaking reconstructive surgeries at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe.
One of the firm’s trustees, George Kayambo, said Press Trust is impressed with Operation Smile because it is offering free surgery services which fix cleft lips and palates, among many other things.
He said Operation Smile, which is in its fourth mission in Malawi, has proved to be significantly effective as the surgical operations are truly life-changing and bring smiles back not only on the faces of the beneficiaries but also the guardians and relatives.
“I have no doubt that the beneficiaries will forever remain grateful to Operation Smile. This is not the first time Press Trust is sponsoring such a mission by Operation Smile. In fact, it is the fourth time,” said Kayambo.
He added: “Press Trust is particularly impressed with Operation Smile because it does not just offer free reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare services to patients. It has also undertaken keen interest to build capacity in partner countries so that the programme becomes internalised and sustainable.”
The Press Trust trustee reiterated that the firm stands ready to work with Operation Smile and local medical practitioners to ensure that the reconstructive surgeries continue to be carried out on a more sustainable basis.
Kayambo also disclosed that Press Trust will soon be constructing more health centres, dispensaries and maternity and medical wards in Thyolo, Dedza, Salima, Karonga, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
“To Operation Smile, I pledge the continued support of Press Trust to your activities here in Malawi for the next two years at the same level we have done this year,” he said.
Operation Smile Regional Manager for West and Southern Africa Sabrina Ghiddi said at least 150 Malawians are expected to be operated on in the current schedule.
She said the support from Press Trust will go a long way in meeting some of the needs of the patients and their guardians who camp at the hospital for 10 days and are provided with everything free of charge.
On his part, KCH Deputy Director responsible for Clinical Services, Lawrence Chiwaula, said the response from people to be operated on has been overwhelming.
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