By Augustine Kambuzi Banda
Saint John’s Hospital in Mzuzu which is under the Catholic Church is set to hold a big walk on 6 may 2017 which is meant to fundraise funds for buying laboratory equipment which are worn out and outdated at the Hospital.
Speaking in an interview yesterday one of the senior Administrators Miss Elizabeth Philemon confirm the development.
She said the money to be raised will help in purchasing of new equipment which are worn out at the Hospital. Elizabeth said the total budget is over 150 million kwacha ($200,000).
“It is true, we have organized a big walk on 6 may 2017 starting from Ekwendeni to our hospital. Our aim is to fundraise money to buy equipment and our budget is about 150 million kwacha so far we managed to conduct BP Testing campaign in the City of Mzuzu but we raised very little money.
Apart from big walk we have also printed some T Shirts selling at 6,000 kwacha, we know St John’s Hospital was opened long time ago and has helped thousands of Malawians, today we are facing a lot of challenges it’s a plea to well-wishers and all Malawian for donations”, She said.
In his remarks Dr Timothy Kachitosi from St John’s Hospital expressed fear of poor service delivery due to lack of equipment, he made an appeal to all well-wishers to donate equipment they can afford so that the Hospital can deliver to its standards.
“We are in need of these equipment’s so that our job is delivered perfectly, the scarcity of such resources would mean many referrals to Central hospital which does not mean that we have failed our work but because of lack of Machines for operations”, he said
Some of the equipment that are urgently needed at the hospital are oxygen machines, autoclaves, Bp Machines Manual and Digital, Compressors, Resuscitaire, Ambulance just to mention a few.
Acknowledging the problem the Vicar General of Mzuzu Diocese Father Andrew Chunda confirmed the challenges which St John’s Hospital and other Mission Hospitals are passing through, however he said the Diocese is trying it’s best to resuscitate the Hospitals to work properly.
St John’s Hospital is one of the prominent hospital in Mzuzu City which was established in the early 1960 with Missionaries of Africa, Currently saving the population of over 200 thousand people.