First Lady’s charity donates to patients at QECH

By Glory Msowoya

The presidential advisor on safe motherhood, Dorothy Ngoma on Saturday donated food, assorted essential medical supplies and equipment to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital’s children and maternity wards amounting to over K10 million on behalf of First Lady Madame Monica Chakwera.

Confirming the development on Saturday, Ngoma said the First Lady’s charitable gesture was a testament to a humane commitment towards promoting health care.

The donated items included medicines, cotton wool, surgical masks, digital thermometers, plastic basins, blankets, water purifiers and bags of maize flour.

“The message from the first lady was one of support and care to mothers and sick babies. Their needs are quite heavy as congestion in all childrens’ wards cannot go unnoticeable. All the challenges that l have noted from this hospital will be presented to the First Lady for consideration,” Ngoma said.

Ngoma said the First Lady will continue to mobilize resources from various partners to improve the situation in hospitals across the country.

The presidential advisor then appealed to the hospital staff to make sure that the donation be used for its intended purpose.

“This donation is intended to alleviate some of the challenges faced by patients. Please ensure its effective use. I don’t want to hear that patients have not received help,” said Ngoma.

In his remarks, Controller of Hospital Administrative Services at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Sipho Nyasulu hailed the First Lady for the donation, saying it was timely done as it would contribute to a positive impact within the health care.

Nyasulu added that the visit of the Presidential Advisor on Safe Motherhood not only left a tangible mark on Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital but also served as a beacon of hope, illustrating the positive outcomes that can be achieved through collaborative efforts and a steadfast commitment to the well-being of patients as well as health workers.

“We are very thankful to Madame Monica Chakwera for this donation. Our work is very huge and resources which government provides are not enough because of the number of patients we receive at this hospital,” Nyasulu said.

During the visit, the presidential advisor on safe motherhood visited patients in the pediatric, children’s, and maternity wards.