A well-wisher whose mother struggled to travel to the hospital when she was pregnant, has donated a bicycle ambulance to people in Musisita village, Traditional Authority Kanyenda in Nkhotakota district.
The donation has come as the area has been without an ambulance for a long time.
In an interview with Malawi24, the well-wisher Benonie Mwale said the bicycle ambulance will help people in the area of Group Village Headman Musisita to reach nearby Ngala Health Centre.
He also hoped that the donation will improve the lives of people in Musisita village and reduce problems expectant women face when travelling to the hospital.
“Everything I am doing, is responding to the life that I grew up. My grandparents struggled to bring my mom to the hospital by wheelchair and I don’t want some mothers to go through that in Musisita village. I wish even I could buy a car ambulance for mothers in my village but I am sure that one time God will respond positively,” Mwale told Malawi24.
According to Mwale, the bicycle was bought at a cost of MK450, 000.
Speaking to this publication, Village headman Musisita hailed Benoni Mwale for the effort taken. He said the bicycle ambulance will help people in the area to access medical help from Ngala Health Centre.
“I can’t thank Mr Mwale enough for the bicycle. People in my village have been struggling to access health services from Ngala Health Centre because of lack of ambulance. Expectant mothers were delivering on their way to the hospital but with the coming of the bicycle ambulance such issues will be alleviated,” Chief Musisita said.
According to the chief, people in the area wait for an ambulance to come from Nkhotakota District Hospital to pick up a patient from the village.
This, the chief said, led to many problems since it took time for patients to receive medical care.
“But now patients will be helped quickly by being taken to Ngala Health Centre using the bicycle ambulance that Mwale has donated,” Chief Musisita told Malawi24.
One woman in Musisita village also hailed the donation saying the ambulance will provide a readily available transport to the hospital since the health centre (Ngala) also has no ambulance.
“In the past, we had problems to take sick children and expectant mothers to the hospitals,” she said. “Benoni Mwale has rescued us with this ambulance since such issues will be things of the past.”