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Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital running short of theatre equipment

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Officials in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) have said the hospital is in short supply of theatre equipment, a situation triggered by the increase in the number of patients needing surgery at the health facility.

Chief Nursing Officer for the department, Judith Chirwa, said the number of patients seeking medical help has increased since the hospital is both a district and referral facility.

Chirwa said the department, dubbed Gogo Chantinkha Maternity Wing, treats about 30 women in the labour ward and 15 others in the gynaecology ward in a day.

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“The department has huge turn up of patients from different areas of Blantyre and others from various districts. The consequence of this is connected to suppliers of theatre equipment. This is so because time and again we need to replace equipment which is not easy because we don’t have,” she said.

Chirwa was speaking yesterday during a donation of theatre equipment by Medical World.

She said government does its part but the supplies are not enough due to the numerous patients the department treats.

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Marketing Manager for Medical World, Menard Msukwa, said they are planning to make more donations to the health facility.

“The hospital officials approached us to bail them out. We did not hesitate because we know that is part of our corporate social responsibility. As companies, we have to work together with the hospitals for the benefit of all our mothers in the country,” he said.

The donated items include digital baby scales, fetal heart stethoscope, vaginal speculum and other consumables.

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