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Lafarge Cement bails out Chikwawa DHO

Written by  Steve Chirombo
Sigei and Moffat shake hands at the handover ceremony - Pic by Steve Chirombo Sigei and Moffat shake hands at the handover ceremony - Pic by Steve Chirombo

Chikwawa, March 24, 2019: Lafarge Cement Company has donated 150 bags of cement and iron sheets, among other items, to Chikwawa District Health Office to maintain some parts of the district hospital damaged by the rainstorm.

Making the donation on Friday, Chief Executive Officer for Lafarge Cement, Albert Sigei said the gesture was in response to the rainstorm that affected some sections of the hospital.

“After being in Malawi for more than 60 years, we feel duty bound to assist. We heard of the situation that the rainstorm caused to this facility and we thought of showing our support just to let you know that you are not alone,” said Sigei.

Sigei said the response comes in through their Kumanga Malawi Programme which has several components such as safety, product use and awareness, small and medium enterprises support, sustainable building solutions and employee empowerment.

“We thought it wise to support the health facility because we believe in good health. Without good health we cannot effectively contribute to the development of our family, community and the country,” he said.

“We also considered providing some supplies to the maternity wing apart from the bags of cement and iron sheets,” Sigei added.

Chikwawa District Council Director of Planning and Development, Douglas Moffat hailed Lafarge Cement for the support rendered to the district hospital, saying as a corporate citizen, Lafarge had demonstrated a good example by moving in to support the facility.

“The development is quite inspiring to have a member of the private sector to support the health facility. The rainstorm damaged parts of the hospital which affected service delivery,” Moffat said.

The rainstorm that occurred between March 5 and 9 damaged parts of the laundry, staff houses and the administration block. The facility’s brick fence had some of its panels brought down posing security threats.

Established in 1937, Chikwawa District Hospital has a capacity of 200 beds and serves a population of around 600,000.

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