By Moses Masiye
While hospitals are struggling to run daily activities like feeding patients due to low or lack of funding, Balaka district hospital had a sigh of relief on Monday after Muslim women organisation Balaka chapter provided lunch for all patients.
Cordinator for Balaka muslim women organisation Hawa Billy says they contributed from their pockets an amount of 250 thousand kwacha that enabled them manage the donation.
“The money enabled us buy food to feed over 300 patients on top of soap, salt, snacks and other items we donated to patients as part of Eid celebrations,” said Billy.
She said the choice to donate to the hospital came after noting that most patients admitted to hospitals do not plan, as a result they lack most basic needs.
Balaka district health officer Bertha Chikuse said the donation was timely.
She said:- “This came at a time when we are struggling to feed patients among other challenges, due to delayed funding.”
Maseko however said the situation is not as bad as other hospitals hence they are atleast managing three meals a day.
The district health sector in charge commended the muslim women for the donation, which she said prolonged the budget for the hospital.
Some Malawian hospitals are currently providing a single meal a day due to resource constraints.
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