Maternal health service delivery in Karonga district is expected to improve following the donation of assorted medical equipment.
The Institute for Integrated Women in Development (IIWD) made the donation on Monday to the hospital’s department of family planning services.
Items such as syringes, sterilised gloves, pain killers and an adult weighing scale for pregnant women all worth MK5 million were donated.
The organisation’s executive Director, Jane Makwera disclosed that her institution made the donation in response to the call by the district’s medical authorities for support.
“When nurses are administering family planning services to women, they need to have gloves which were lacking at the district hospital especially at the department of family planning so we thought of donating to them through our partners in Germany, the Brook Man Foundation,” said Makwera.
Apart from the medical equipment, the organization also decided to donate pain killers to help lessen the pain women go through when receiving some contraceptives and alo when giving birth.
Speaking to Capital FM after receiving the donation, the community health nurse responsible for the department of family planning services at the hospital, Ruth Ngwalu said the items will help them improve the quality of health service delivery thereby reducing maternal deaths and human population.
“They are our partners who help us when administering family planning services. The materials are indeed sterile because they are needed for a long term and they help in times of dire need more especially when women experience excessive virginal bleeding,” Ngwalu explained.
Statistics indicate that, Karonga district currently has a total population is at over 300,000 of which the number of those at childbearing age is 77,599 representing 23 percent of the total population.
Recent information obtained from the hospital, the district has expected pregnancies of 16,869 against the same rate of expected deliveries, representing 5 percent.