Due to the erratic electricity power supply in the country, Trinity Hospital in Nsanje has run for over a week without piped water, officials have confirmed.
The issue was brought to the spotlight when a grouping, Lower Shire Ladies Network (Lolane), visited the hospital on Sunday and donated assorted items worth K500, 000.
Nursing Officer at the hospital, Andrew Kaliyo, said hospital personnel and guardians alternatively fetch water from the nearest water source, which is a borehole within the hospital.
“It becomes a hustle for us during theatre operations because we cannot do without water. At times, we wait until we have water in the pipes or we use buckets in critical situations. But I must say, though it is a desperate situation we are coping up,” Kaliyo said.
Kaliyo, however, refuted claims that the situation might lead to an outbreak of waterborne diseases at the hospital.
According to one of the guardians at the hospital, by the time of the interview he had spent three days and had not taken a bath.
Trinity Hospital offers services to people in Nsanje, Chikwawa and Thyolo and has a bed capacity of 180.
Making the donation, Lolane Chairperson, Jayne Chikwana, said their grouping was solely established to help patients in various hospitals with material and spiritual aid.
“Since the inception of the group three years ago, we have made similar donations to hospitals like Chikwawa, Nsanje and Queen Elizabeth [Central Hospital],” Chikwana said.
The items that were donated included packets of sugar and salt, tablets of soap, a piece of cloth and buckets.
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