The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) on Wednesday, 13th November, 2019, handed over a swing and a ramp to Beit Cure International hospital in Blantyre. The donation, which has cost the MBS almost 2 million Malawi Kwacha, has been installed to allow children who are admitted at the hospital to useas they continue receiving treatment. The donation was made as MBS’s corporate social responsibility.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, MBS Director General, Mr. Symon O Mandala, commended Beit Cure staff for the job that they have always been doing in taking care of the sick and injured people, mainly the children. He said that, the MBS as a national standardization body for Malawi, realizes the need for having a health Malawi population. “No one enjoys being in hospital as a patient, especially children, that is why we thought it wise to purchase and install a swing and a ramp to make this place comfortable to stay for the time these children are here. The children should not feel out of place, they should not feel segregated”, he said.
Mr Mandala then expressed MBS’ commitment to work together with Beit Cure. “We as an organization are also constrained in terms of resources but our door is always open, and we are more than willing to help where ever we can. So let us continue to communicate”, he said. He then quoted the Beit Cure’s statement which is on their website about “whom they serve” saying that it is so touching and that he felt it necessary to donate MK500, 000.00 to help in the day to day running of the hospital.
Speaking after receiving the donation, the hospital Executive Director, Mr. Ezekiel Milelu, thanked the MBS through the Director General for helping them with the donation. He said that it will help the children to have a good time during their stay at the hospital. “As we always say that children are the leaders of tomorrow, it is very important that we should encourage them in one way or the other. These kids feel encouraged when they see people like you visiting the hospital, and mostly when you give them all sorts of things including today’s swing and ramp”, he said.
One of the guardians at Beit Cure International hospital, who is also the chairperson for kids, Mr. Mwale, also appreciated MBS for the timely donation saying that children will now be happy for they will have something to play on, and that they will now feel at home. “Children are supposed to do some physical exercises after they have gone through an operation so that they can strengthen their weak bones and the coming of the swing and ramp at the hospital will somehow fasten their healing since they will not just be idle.
Beit Cure International is a Christian based hospital that offers free healing services to children below the age of 18 years. It also has a paying section for adults. It was established in the year 2000.