New Finance Bank donated a generator and solar lamps worth K1.7 million to Mzuzu Health Centre.
Despite experiencing frequent power outages, the congested clinic in Mapale Township has been operating without a back-up generator for six months.
The on-off power supply posed a constant threat to women in labour, newborns and patients, according to the facility’s officials.
NFB head of credit and risk management Sam Kamkosi said the bank intends to invest“a great deal” in the health sector.
He thanked Mzuzu residents for welcoming the new bank.
“NFB is less than a year old in the city, but we have received enormous support which also compelled us to make this donation,” said Kamkosi.
Representing the hospital in-charge, Edwin Kumwenda said power interruptions have been the biggest challenge to the facility where no less than 15 babies are born every day.
“Most deliveries occur at night when working under candlelight poses a threat to mothers, babies and health workers. As a result, we were making unnecessary referrals to Mzuzu Central Hospital,” said Kumwenda.
According to Mzimba North district health officer Emily Gondwe Gama, the facility was relying on an old generator which has been under maintenance for half a year. n