By Tikondane Vega
Thyolo, September, 29, Mana: Thyolo Puma Filling Station, operating under the name Faith Orama Filling Station, has donated a water pump and fuel to Thyolo District Hospital as one way of giving back to the community for supporting their business.
Receiving the donation on Monday, Thyolo District Commissioner, Douglas Moffat said the donation of a water pump will address the shortage of water which the hospital faces in its everyday operations.
Moffat said just like any other public place, the hospital operations heavily depend on the availability of water within the shortest distance possible.
“The donation of the water pump is coming at a time when the hospital owes some utility provider companies, like Water Board, huge sums of money which cannot be cleared within a short period of time due to shortage of resources,” added the DC.
Thyolo District Council, therefore, commended Orama Filling Station for the gesture which came at a time when operations at the hospital were affected due to water problems.
“Words are failing us as District Council, looking at the water pump and fuel donation to the hospital.
“This is a partner worth to keep even in our prayers,” said Moffart, adding that the water pump would reduce water costs at the health facility.
The DC has since urged other partners working in Thyolo to emulate the gesture by Puma Filling Station, saying any donation is not mean achievement in as far as provision of resources are concerned.
Imran Daudi who donated the pump and fuel on behalf of George Kauma, who is the owner of the filling station, said they thought it wise to assist the hospital after hearing serious challenges the hospital is going through.
“We know the importance of the hospital because only healthy people can contribute to the welfare of the district where we are operating. Our businesses heavily rely on people who are doing business and are healthy,” he said.
“We are very much ready to assist Thyolo District and if there is anything, let us know and see how best we can assist each other.
Director of Health and Social Services in Thyolo, Dr Arnold Jumbe, said the gesture by Orama filling Station was a huge boost to the hospital because of huge bills the hospital owes suppliers.
Dr Jumbe said the hospital has considered boreholes as the only alternative to reduce water bills.
He said the health sector is looking for assistance from other well-wishers for water and fuel resources which he said are key in operating a public hospital like Thyolo.