The equipment has been purchased with interest earned from the Trust accounts held at commercial banks by TNM’s mobile money service, the Mpamba Trust Fund.
Speaking during the handover, TNM Mpamba Trust Fund Board Member Rev. Dr. Zacc Kawalala noted that TNM Mpamba was deeply concerned with the plight of Emsizini and surrounding communities as their health center had no access to the national electricity grid and lacked a lot of medical equipment.
“As a Malawian brand, we believe in supporting the communities we operate in. The health sector is one of the sectors in which we have been investing our money as we realize that only healthy people can contribute positively to the socio-economic development of their country,” he said.
He said the health sector especially maternal health is one of the key focus areas for TNM’s Social Responsibility Policy which among other key areas include support of vulnerable groups, response to Disasters and Emergencies and Education.
“Giving birth is supposed to be a moment of joy and pride but such has been a luxury of the lucky few. Majority of mothers in rural areas face difficulties to give birth let alone care for their babies as most health centres face an acute shortage of maternal equipment and medical facilities needed at prenatal and postnatal stages.
“Power supply has also been a major challenge facing our public health facilities in the country hence hindering effective service delivery by medical personnel working odd hours. That is why we at TNM Mpamba Trust decided to give mothers in this area a special New Year’s gift in form of solar power and maternal supplies,” he said.
Receiving the items, Emsizini Health Centre Nursing Assistant Vitumbiko Zingale hailed TNM for the installation of solar power and the donation of medical items at the facility saying this will go a long way in the provision of quality health services.
“This will ease the electricity challenge that we have had at the facility. It wasn’t easy working at night using phone torches and sometimes candles and would at times ask the patients to bring their own lamps,” said Zingale.
Located 12 kilometres from Ekwendeni Mission Hospital, Emsazini Health Centre serves a population of over 110,000 people from and around Mzimba district.
The equipment donated comprises a fully fitted Solar system, Digital Adult Scales, Electric Suction Units, Digital BP Machines, Angle Poise lamps for maternity wing, Under Five weighing scales, hospital beds with mattresses, Drawer Metal Filing Cabinet and Buckets just to mention a few.