Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar), through the Capacity Building for Managing Climate Change (Cabmacc) Programme, has bought a modern multi-million kwacha medical equipment for its health centre.
The equipment, bought with funding from the Norwegian Government, comprises steriliser, chemistry analyser and oxygen concentrators.
In an interview, Bunda Health Centre chief nursing sister Lenia Kalengamaliro said they are also expecting to procure distillers.
“Before we bought the the steriliser came, we used to boil equipment to kill bacteria. That method was ineffective and time consuming.
“The new equipment is able to sterilise a number of tools at one go. It is also effective as equipment is sterilised at high temperatures and you can rest assured that all micro organisms are destroyed,” she said.
An oxygen concentrator supports patients with breathing difficulties whereas a chemistry analyser measures cholesterol in blood, among other things.
“In the past, both students and staff were referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital [KCH], African Bible College [ABC] clinic and Partners in Health facilities for various tests.
“But with the equipment the Norwegian Government bought through Cabmacc Programme, Luanar is now able to save money previously spent on referrals. Patients too are now able to save time,” she said.
Luanar has a population of over 4 000 and the facility also caters for patients from surrounding villages.