By Senior Business Analyst
Listed National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc has yiven the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) K100Million for surgical equipment for its medical facilities.
NBM will buy surgical equipment worth K100 Million for use in all the 13 health establishments of the MDF.
Speaking during the handover ceremony NBM plc Chief executive Officer Macfussy Kawawa said National Bank decided to give the equipment after noting that communities surrounding the barracks health facilities also access the facilities.
“Today, as part of our commitment towards building a healthy Malawi, we are here to announce that NBM plc will purchase theatre equipment worth K100m to be used in general services supporting theatres and 2 theatre rooms at a new Health Facility that MDF has built within its headquarters. This facility will provide services to both men and women officers and the civilian population in surrounding areas. The MDF has rapidly increased its strength in terms of personnel and deployment sites. It now has 13 cantonments across the country. As the force grows and increases its footprint across the country, population in communities around MDF has grown as well,” he said.
Kawawa said the increase in the population of MDF and civilians has created increased high demand for Health services and facilities.
He explained that the demand is amplified by the fact that 87% of the population surrounding Military cantonment access their health services from MAMHS.
“This is because MAMHS facilities have a comprehensive availability of a full spectrum of medical specialization ranging from neurosurgery, gynecology, dental, orthopedic, pediatrics to general surgery and intensive care nursing. This is due to the nature of MDF’s mandate and responsibilities,” said Kawawa.
He further said MDF is well placed to operate health facilities for the benefit of the military and civilian populations.
“We want to compliment this by equipping the referral hospital with some of the requisite theatre equipment. This is the basis and rationale for which the Bank is committing K100mn towards this noble cause today,” said Kawawa.
The CEO said the donation is line with the pillars where the bank help and the areas include the environment and its sustainability
Education, which is the bedrock of skills and knowledge development, Innovation/ Digital Advancement in alignment to the Bank’s strategic direction and prevailing trends,
Health – because a nation’s economic empowerment is directly corelated to their health and wellness.
Other areas include Local Community, Economic Empowerment , Support to vulnerable groups, Disasters and Emergencies.
The Bank recently donated assorted items to Cyclone Ana victims in Nsanje and, not too long ago celebrated with our cohort of NBM plc funded students graduating from the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) and Mzuzu University.
Receiving the donation the Army Commander, General Vincent Nundwe commended NBM for the timely intervention.
Nundwe said there has been time where his soldiers have got injured and MDF has been sending them to India or sometimes to referral hospitals in Blantyre.
“We will now be able to help our soldiers in time of accidents unlike the past where that has been a problem,” he said.
He said MDF has specialised doctors to carry out surgery but the problem was equipment.
The Commander invited NBM to come and access the medical services once all is restored.
“Let me take this opportunity through you sir to invite your members of staff to come and access our services once all is restored,” said General Nundwe.