By Moses Masiye
Several Malawian institutions that offer rehabilitation and physiotherapy services countrywide, will now provide improved services following the provision of equipment worth about 500 thousand British pound, parliamentarian for Balaka west sourced in England.
The parliamentarian Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri confirmed that equipment she got as a donation from a British organisation- PhysioNet, has arrived in the country and some already disbursed.
“I came across the organisation PhysioNet end last year 2015, when I went to attend my child’s graduation ceremony in the United kingdom.
“I was lucky to acquire a 40 foot container, full of physiotherapy equipment valued at 500 thousand British pounds, equivalent to about 500 million Malawi Kwacha,” said Dzimbiri.
The parliamentarian was only asked to foot the bills of shipping the container from Britain to Malawi.
According to Dzimbiri, she has already donated several physiotherapy equipment to Mtendere school for children with disabilities and SueRyder foundation rehabilitation clinic in Balaka district, and intends to intends to donate some to Kachere rehabilitation center in Blantyre.
She said other institutions will benefit through parliamentarian for Machinga east, Esther Jolobala who assisted Dzimbiri in footing the costs of shipping the container.
Mother superior of Mtendere school for children with disabilities of the Poveileire sisters, reverend sister Babra Bhima confirmed that the center has already received the equipment, which she described as vital and timely.
SueRyder foundation executive director Anthony Chilembwe concurred with Sister Barbra Bhima, saying the equipment is state of the art, and will assist many people who require rehabilitation and physiotherapy services.
“Many patient from the government health facilities are referred to our clinic for physiotherapy and rehabilitation services, and this equipment will help us offer improved services,” said Chilembwe.
PhysioNet was established in 2005 by Peter Thompson with the aim of providing physiotherapy equipment for disabled children in developing countries.
The donations include Inevitably other surplus equipment such as wheelchairs and other mobility items.
Equipment is collected from around the UK and then sent to developing countries around the world.
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