The VDRTs, which comprise Red Cross Volunteers and Village Civil Protection Committee (VCPC) members, have been working without first aid equipment, thus the donation made is a big boost to the district, according to the organization’s Disaster Risk Reduction Officer, Bright Magalasi.
Magalasi said lack of equipment was affecting service delivery, especially in cases of emergencies such as floods.
“Our volunteers and the VCPCs have, for a long time, been working without equipment that could enable them to carry out their job effectively. We also noted that when there are disasters, some people experience different challenges, including getting injured and subsequently need first aid services.
“It is against this background that we thought of providing them with first aid boxes to improve their service delivery,” said Magalasi.
He noted that the first aid equipment and the stretchers are vital considering that the district is prone to disasters during which people get injured and require first aid treatment or need to be taken to health facilities.
The Red Cross official therefore appealed to the recipients of the donation to properly use the equipment so that it serves the intended purpose.
Nsanje Lalanje Ward Councilor, Hussein Jafali whose area has benefited from Malawi Red Cross support described the donation as timely.
“The absence of such equipment was impacting negatively on our operations as volunteers. We hope that it will improve our delivery. Let me also ask the community to take care of the equipment and the stretchers so that they are used for a long period,” said Jafali.
The first aid equipment has been provided to nine Group Village Heads in Nsanje District with financial assistance from Humanitarian Aid (European Commission) and Technical Assistance from Belgium Red Cross and Netherlands Red Cross.
Recently, Malawi Red Cross Society installed river gauges worth K7 million along Nyachilenda River in the area of Chief Ndamela in Nsanje District to help prevent loss of lives due to river flooding.