Chip Inn Masters, a group of golfers based at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC), on Thursday donated K1.2 million worth of medical equipment to the gynaecology ward’s high dependency unit (HDU) within Gogo Chatinkha Maternity Wing at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.
The equipment comprised suction machine, nebuliser, haemacue, haemacue curettes, glucometer, glucometer strips, pulse oximeter, stethoscope, trolley, ambu bag and 10 thermometers.
The Masters’ leader Gabriel Kambale, who was accompanied by his deputy John-Gift Mwakhwawa, treasurer Charles Nseula, secretary Hudson Kantwanje, vice-secretary Edwin Chipala and members James Chimwaza, Harold Lungu and Charles Merrick, said they felt duty-bound to donate the life-saving equipment.
“As responsible sportspersons, our objective is to raise funds for charity and when we were called for help here, we didn’t hesitate. The HDU is saving lives of many mothers and we thought it wise to make it more efficient with our donation,” said Kambale.
Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) master of science in reproductive health students established the four-bed HDU for easy monitoring of very sick patients, but their efforts were being thwarted by inadequate equipment.
“We made the request for the support after noting the scarcity of medical equipment and we are grateful to the Chip Inn Masters for the quick response,” said the students’ representative Eveles Chimala.
According to head of department at the maternity wing, Phylos Bonongwe, the wing serves between 700 and 1000 patients per month. n