The donation was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility targeting the country’s health and education sectors. Each year, PIL sets aside K50 million for its Corporate Social Responsibility.
Speaking during the handover ceremony PIL General Manager Dr Enwell Kadango said it was worthwhile to put a smile on the facility’s medical personnel by providing them with much needed items.
“PIL’s main role is to bring fuel into the country in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner. We believe we share some of the vision with the health sector to ensure development progress through fuel availability and healthy people through good health delivery systems.
“Our priority as PIL is to ensure the country has enough fuel at all times and also bringing it safely and efficiently. It is the same people we serve that patronize hospitals for various ailments,” said Kadango.
The donated items include patient monitors with stands, compressor nebulizers, mayo operating scissors, amputation saw and POP electronic cutters.
“Various wards will benefit from this donation and we believe the people of Mwanza will make use of these items as the hospital gets equipped for safe delivery of their duty.
“We do recognize this noble task which requires a lot of dedication on the part of the staff at this Hospital. As PIL, we thought it is worthwhile to put a smile on this hard working team.
“Our appeal as PIL is that while government is doing all it can to stock our hospitals with drugs and medical equipment, we must also as private sector work with the government in this cause because we operate in the country and together we can change the status of our public hospitals in the country,” said Kadango.
In his remarks, Mwanza District Medical Officer Gilbert Chapweteka commended PIL for the donation, observing that it will improve service delivery at the facility.
“Most of the equipment in the theatre was bought way back with some compromising our operations, but with these new items, we will be able to monitor patients and carry out other operations with great ease,” said Chapweteka.
Other health facilities that have benefited from PIL’s corporate social responsibility are Nsanje, Rumphi and Dowa.