Student nurses deplore poor hygiene


Rumphi District Hospital has been challenged to promote cleanliness for the benefit of patients, guardians and health workers.

Members of the Catholic Students Organisation (CSO) at St Johns Nursing School in Mzuzu City made the appeal on Saturday when they donated assorted items to the paediatric ward at the facility.

St Johns Nursing School CSO Chairperson, Damian Kapwata, said sick children require clean surroundings for them to quickly recover.


“We, as nurses, observe that, sometimes, patients get exposed to more infections in hospitals due to issues of hygiene and poor sanitation and this is why we are stressing the need to observe standards,” Kapwata said.

Apart from donating assorted items to children, the students cleaned the paediatric ward.

“We prioritise children’s health, which is why we also purchased two thermometers which will go a long way in detecting body temperatures of children who are sick,” Kapwata said.


Rumphi District Hospital Nursing officer, Yohane Kamuona, said the paediatric ward needs support in terms of protective wear and equipment.

Kamuona then hailed the students for the kind gesture.

The 30-member organisation reached out to children in commemoration of the Lenten period, during which Catholics abstain from food, luxuries and reach out to those in need.

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