Ministry of Health Calls for Support

Airtel Malawi donated a solar powered water pump at the facility Airtel Malawi donated a solar powered water pump at the facility - pic by Elijah Phompho

Ministry of Health has called for private sector support in ending the current power and water utility woes that have rocked almost all the country's public health facilities.

Ministry of Health Principal Secretary responsible for Administration, Benson Chisamire, made the appeal on Friday at Chiradzulu district hospital when Airtel Malawi donated a solar powered water pump at the facility.

Chisamire said there is need for strong coordination with the private sector in finding alternative sources of energy and water in these health facilities.

"As government, we are doing everything possible to ensure that intermittent water challenges and power outages do not interrupt health service delivery. But what we are saying is that to manage these challenges it has to be joint efforts. The private sector can come in and donate solar panels or solar powered water pump just like airtel has done", said Chisamile.

Airtel Malawi Head of Corporate Affairs, Nora Chavura said the company spent MK10 million in procuring the solar pump which is expected to ease water challenges at the facility, improve hygiene and contribute to health service delivery in general.

Established in early 2000, Chiradzulu district hospital   has been facing intermittent water supply especially during summer.

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