Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) has donated medical items worth K5 million to Thyolo District Hospital in a bid to reduce the number of patients suffering and dying due to lack of resources.
Making the donation, PIL General Manager, Enwell Kadango, said that the company has set aside K50 million for corporate social responsibility initiatives targeting the education and health sectors in the country.
“It is unacceptable that lives of citizens should be lost in the country because every citizen has the right to be healthy and safe. Our aspiration, as PIL, is to collaborate with government in its endeavor to improve health service delivery in the country. I am sure, together, we can do better to save lives,” Kadango said.
The donation included 50 blood pressure machines with digital adapters, 50 rolls of sterilising indicator tape, two oxygen concentrators, 13 theatre scrub suits, 100, 20 litre buckets and 105 meters of green drill sheets.
Kadango also assured Malawians that PIL will still make other donations in future to benefit more people in the country.
“It is important for the private sector to assist the government. We have five more districts that we are going to disclose and visit once procurement is done,” Kadango added.
Thyolo District Nursing Officer, Felina Khonje, said that the items are going to help all the health centers in the district.
“This donation will go a long way to help everyone in the district.
Take the sterilising indicator tape for example; we have not had it for about four months now. This tape is very important when it comes to ensuring that the consumable materials, like theatre materials, are ready for use. Without it, we risk infections,” Khonje said.
She also added that the two oxygen concentrators will ease the pressure on the one they had before the donation.
Khonje also called on well-wishers to assist the hospital with theatre linen and transportation, which she said remains a challenge at the hospital.
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