As one way of commemorating this year’s Word Cancer Day, Standard Bank on Friday donated laboratory and emergency items to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) Cancer unit.
During the handover ceremony of the K3 million-worth donation, the bank’s Head of Operations, Dan Mbozi, said they take special interest in the social and economic well-being of the country.
“By contributing towards the health of citizens, the bank is building up the human capacity needed to develop Malawi. We promise to continue joining hands with stakeholders to achieve an efficient health system that will raise adequate awareness around cancer and deploy means of treating it,” Mbozi said.
Some of the donated items were glucometer, glucostics, an oxygen concentrator, oxygen masks and an emergency trolley.
KCH Director, Jonathan Ngoma, said the hospital experiences a lot of challenges in terms of Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs) management. He highlighted shortage of staff, diagnostic equipment and space.
Ngoma thanked Standard Bank for the donation.
“We usually have the commodities and supplies but they are not enough. This donation from Standard Bank will go a long way in alleviating some of the problems we have,” he said.
He added: “We appeal to more partners to channel their support towards fighting NCDs.”
World Cancer Day falls on February 4 every year. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness and education about cancer and to bring people together across the world to act against the disease.