By Sam Mthambala:
Staff from Standard Bank Karonga Bureau De Change (BDC) recently donated items worth K1.5 million to Karonga District Hospital as a way of improving delivery of healthcare services among communities in the border district.
The donation was the first engagement with the community by Karonga BDC, months after opening its doors in the district.
The donated consignment included a superior small cooker, three wheelchairs, two 25kg Chlorine HTH, six white gumboots, two walkers with heels and 10 pieces linen.
Other items were three instrument trolleys, 10 guardian bedside chairs, two BP Machines and two paediatric scale hanging.
In his remarks, Karonga District Health Officer David Sibale thanked BDC for what he rated as a timely gesture.
“The donation has come at a time we were running short of the items that made the consignment. Some of our departments, like orthopedics and physiotherapy, lacked equipment like the wheelchairs and walkers. This will assist to ensure that transportation of very sick patients from the reception to wards is easier,” he said.
As regards to Covid pandemic, Sibale also observed that the materials will play a vital role in protecting healthcare workers from contracting the virus.
Karonga BDC Sales Manager Fiskani Chiyendawamba said the donation is an opportunity to create sustainable relations with members of the community
“Since we opened our doors for business in March last year we have registered satisfactory business growth all because the community has chosen to do business with us. The donation is therefore a timely gesture to cement the relationship event stronger,” he said
Karonga District Hospital is a referral facility that services 22 health centres and sometimes Chitipa District.
Standard Bank BDC is a subsidiary of Standard Bank Malawi offering foreign currency exchange and money transfer services.
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