Managing Executive for Regional Operations Phyllis Manguluti presented the contribution on behalf of TNM.
She said the contribution was in line with the company’s policy of promoting delivery of quality health services in rural areas of the country.
“TNM is a patriotic Malawian company with the welfare of citizens at heart. With the existing maternity facilities at Chiosya Health Centre condemned as not fit for use and considering the long distance to the district hospital in Mchinji, we saw it necessary to invest K9 million towards the modern maternity wing,” said Manguluti.
The new facility currently under construction consists of a pre-natal delivery and post-natal ward with beds and auxiliary support rooms for staff on a site adjacent to the existing facility.
The project is being spearheaded by a local charity, Chimteka Children Support.
The operations manager said TNM remains committed to play its part in helping Government to improve the health wellbeing for Malawians.
“TNM believes in giving back to the community through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. The health sector is one of the sectors that we are investing our money in because we realize that only health people can contribute to the socio- economic development of this country,” she said.
She expressed optimism that the facility once completed will go a long way in reducing maternal and neo-natal death in the area.
“This facility will help in saving lives and reduce the burden which pregnant women undergo to access quality health care services hence reducing maternal deaths in the area and the district as a whole,” Manguluti added.
Speaking after receiving the cheque, Chioshya Health centre in charge Mussa soko commended TNM for the support towards construction of the maternity clinic.
“This assistance will go a long way in facilitating the completion of the structure which is expected to provide a conducive environment for delivery amongst expectant women in the area,” said Soko.
Soko added that the facility will not only benefit women but also the heath workers.
“We commend TNM for this great initiative which will not only benefit the wome but also health workers here who will be motivated to work in a clean and spacious building,” he said.
The Chiosya Health Centre catchment area has a population of 31,000 people. Presently there is an average of 77 deliveries per month in the maternity unit at the Chiosya Health Centre alone.