BY Winfrida Kamwana
The Mchinji hospital physiotherapy department is in high spirits after receiving equipment worth 3.5 million kwacha to help with therapy sessions, a donation made by Still I Rise: Tingathe initiative with the help of National Bank.
Speaking at the donation which took place on Wednesday at Mchinji District Hospital, Andida Mando, the founder of Still I Rise: Tingathe appreciated the bank for extending a hand to buy the needed equipment for the physiotherapy department saying it is something the group has been fighting for to achieve.
“This is what Still I Rise: Tingathe has been fighting for to achieve and we hope that these equipment will go a long way in helping the hospital as well as those that are in need of the therapy sessions.” Said Mando.
Mando further stated that the group is committed to the initiative and hopes that the work they are doing will help reach a lot of people in need of physiotherapy.
“We have started by helping Mchinji Hospital because this is our home town and knowing that charity begins at home, we thought it wise to start here and then if all goes well we will spread the work to other areas that are also in need of our services.” Mando explained.
Speaking for National Bank, Akossa Hiwa the Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager said that this is the best time to give back to the community as it is festive season and the bank is celebrating 12 days of Christmas.
“National Bank launched the 12 days of celebrating Christmas last year where by we go into different communities chosen by our service centers and this year Mchinji was among the chosen after receiving a proposal from Still I Rise: Tingathe.”Akossa said.
She further stated that the donation at Mchinji Hospital was on the 11 day out of the 12 days of celebrating Christmas the bank has put in place. Some of the communities that also had an opportunity to receive donation from the bank are, Blantyre, Liwonde, Ntcheu and Mangochi just to mention a few.
Doctor Juliana Kanyengambeta Muwanga who is the Director of Health and Social Services at Mchinji District Hospital also expressed her gratitude towards the Still I Rise: Tingathe group saying the group is like a parent to the hospital because it keeps providing the needed equipment for the physiotherapy department.
“Still I Rise:Tingathe has been there for us and has done a lot to help us. They never give up in reaching out to large cooperates like National Bank for assistance and this is something a parent does to provide for their child so we feel like Still I Rise is our parent.”Said Kanyengambeta.
She however stated that her wish is for the hospital to have a proper and established physiotherapy department that can occupy more people since the one they are using has limited space and it is hard to attend to a lot of patients at once.
This is the second time the Still I Rise: Tingathe group is donating equipment to the physiotherapy department this year after donating in September. Some of the equipment donated this time around were a wheelchair, crutches, treatment bed, walkers and Lumbo sacral belts.