The Government of Iceland through Icelandic Development Agency (Iceida) has donated five ambulances valued at K178 million to Mangochi District Council to enhance health service delivery in the district.
Speaking on Saturday during the handover ceremony, Embassy of Iceland charge d’affaires Agusta Gisladottir expressed her government’s commitment to improving the lives of rural people by providing essential basic services such as water, education and healthcare.
She said: “It is in the interest of the people and government of Iceland to see lives of people in Malawi, and Mangochi in particular, enhanced through our programme which we call Mangochi Basic Services Programme.”
Gisladottir said Iceland government wants more women and youths living in rural areas to be economically empowered.
Speaking when receiving the ambulances on behalf of Mangochi District Council, Minister of Local Development and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa expressed gratitude for the donation, saying it will go a long way in improving health service delivery.
“The consignment will address the challenges being experienced in the district, particularly in the transportation of referral patients from health centres to the district,” he said. n