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First Lady impressed with sanitation standards at Nkhotakota hospital

Written by  Gladys Nthenda

The First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika has hailed the high sanitation standards at Nkhotakota District Hospital and called on the staff to maintain them to protect patients from getting infections.

Madam Mutharika at Nkhotakota hospital Madam Mutharika at Nkhotakota hospital

Speaking when she toured the Hospital on Saturday, Madame Mutharika reiterated Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM)’s commitment in promoting sanitation and hygiene in the country.


Madame Mutharika who is also Patron of Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust lead in a sweeping exercise at Nkhotakota District Hospital and the marketplace as a way of  encouraging people to take care of their surroundings.

As an advocate of girl’s education the First Lady stressed on the need for them to be in school and offered scholarships for 5 girls to study at Kasamba Community Day Secondary School.


She urged communities in Nkhotakota to plant trees to conserve the environment and prevent disasters.


At the event she also spoke of her organization’s determination to work with the communities in improving the outlook of Nkhotakota.

“As Beautify Malawi we encourage the partnership existing between the community and the hospital in promoting sanitation to improve the image of the district” said Mutharika.

The First Lady donated materials like bins and brooms to help in improving sanitation in the district.


Nkhotakota District Health Officer Dr. Sosten Lankhulani, welcomed the partnership with BEAM which has helped in keeping the hospital clean and in preventing infections.

He also hailed the partnership between the local people and the hospital whereby they have set aside 2 days every month to clean the surroundings of the facility to help in preventing the spread of diseases.


Nkhotakota Hospital received a shield in infection prevention which has seen an improvement in sanitation conditions.

The Hospital was opened in 2008 and serves over 300,000 people.

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