NGO Hailed for Improving Health Services in Mchinji

By Moses Nyirenda

Mchinji District Council Director of Health and Social Services, Dr Juliana Kanyengambeta has commended an international nongovernmental organization known as Our Aim Foundation for promoting quality health services in the district.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Kanyengambeta said that the foundation has assisted in adopting measures aimed at improving quality health services which include the construction of the health clinic.

“Our Aim Foundation has done a commendable work in promoting healthcare among people in Mchinji. The foundation has constructed a health facility at Mkanda community where people who are 15 Kilometers away from a government hospital are able to access health services.

“In addition, the facility has also addressed mobility challenge which people were facing during the rainy season as many people were unable to access health services at the district hospital during rainy period due to water lodges on the roads,” Kanyengambeta said.

She added that the construction of the clinic has reduced the pressure which nurses and doctors were experiencing at Mkanda Health Centre due to high number of people who were visiting the hospital to access health services.

“Before the construction of the community clinic, doctors and nurses at Mkanda Health Centre were facing problems to provide treatment to the patients as they were recording huge numbers of patients.

“So the coming of the community clinic at Mkanda has relieved workload which medical personnel were having at Mkanda Health Centre,” she said. 

She further said that the foundation also invites medical specialists from outside the country who provide special services such as eye problems and diabetes treatment to the patients from different communities in Mchinji district.

Our Aim Foundation was formed in 2008; the nonprofit making foundation is currently implementing a project in Mchinji district aimed at improving health services and also building capacity among women.

The Founder and President of the foundation, Nisha Mandani said the objective of her foundation is to transform the living standards of people in the country.

“Our mission is to transform lives through hope and empowerment and we are also more focused on promoting good health through provision of quality health services to the people,” she said.

Interim Country Director for the foundation, Blessings Banda said that they are also committed to promoting good maternal health in Mchinji district hence they are planning to construct maternity wings in hospitals around the district.-MANA