Friends of Tukombo, a nonprofit making organisation in the country, has embarked on a fundraising drive for a dispensary that government has constructed in Tukombo.
The Nkhata Bay group’s chairperson Aubrey Teputepu briefed The Nation about the drive on Tuesday in Lilongwe.
He said the dispensary does not have a maternity wing, which has inconvenienced pregnant women.
Said Teputepu: “Initially, government was supposed to construct a full health centre, but they only built a dispensary. The facility has no maternity wing, so as people from the area we thought it wise to embark on fundraising activities to raise money for the construction of the maternity wing.”
He revealed that already K200 000 has been raised and currently they are appealing to companies and individuals to help.
He said: “The nearest healthcentre to Tukombo is almost 40 kilometres away. The situation becomes more complex when pregnant women have to cover that distance. We know government cannot do everything alone that is why we are calling on well-wishers to come forward and donate.”
In a related development, Teputepu announced that they will hold an annual general meeting in Lilongwe on March 28 to strategise on projects lined up for this year.
“We are appealing to people originally from Tukombo to come and grace the meeting. As a grouping we can do a lot for our home than working as individuals,” said Teputepu.