Speaking during the donation at Zomba Central Hospital where the operations are taking place, TNM’s Akkossah Mphepo said this donation is a way of putting back a smile on the faces of the patients.
Mphepo said the support towards Operation Smile underlines TNM’s profound commitment towards contributing to the wellbeing of Malawians, and directly towards the country’s health services.
“Operation Smile is doing a very good job. They are so efficient in what they do and they are changing lives of many Malawians by working on one operation at a time and that is why we have to continue partnering with operation smile to make a difference in the lives of these people,” she said.
And Operation Smile Country Manager Ibrahim Nthalika said the money will enable them carry out more surgeries as currently, the number of patients that have been operated on cleft stands at 723.
Nthalika said this has helped strengthen self-sustenance in terms of local resources and capacity for local medical volunteers to run local surgical missions and education programs with minimal international support.
TNM made a similar contribution during Operation Smile’s mission at Kamuzu Central Hospital in 2014 and 2015 where it donated K4 million and K2.4 million respectively. The mobile operator also pumped in K3 million last year for the same course at Zomba Central Hospital.