Bank donates medical equipment to Mpitimbi Hospital

RUVUMA: The National Bank of Commerce (NBC) has donated medical equipment worth over 11.5m/- to Mpitimbi Hospital in Songea, Ruvuma Region, to enhance healthcare services at the facility.

The donation, which was handed over yesterday, included a delivery bed, 15 patient beds, 15 mattresses, medicines, and other medical supplies.

Receiving the items, Ruvuma Region Acting Regional Secretary, Engineer Gilbert Donatius Simya, on behalf of the Regional Commissioner, Colonel Ahmed Abbas said that the donation will significantly impact the hospital’s ability to serve the large number of patients, who seek medical care there, including residents of the area and neighboring regions.

“Despite the government’s ongoing efforts to improve healthcare services, the support of various stakeholders is still needed to achieve these efforts…so I urge stakeholders like NBC to continue supporting various efforts initiated by the government to improve various sectors, including health,” he pointed out.

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Handing over the donation, NBC Bank Director of Retail Banking Elibariki Masuke said that was of the bank’s efforts in supporting the government’s initiatives in improving the healthcare sector, as well as fulfilling its community support policy, particularly in enhancing community health.

“At NBC Bank, we believe in improving the health of mothers and children. It is because of this commitment that we are handing over this equipment to contribute to the improvement of the health of the people of Mpitimbi, Songea,” Masuke said.

Elaborating, he noted that the bank’s other funded healthcare initiatives as including the NBC Dodoma Marathon, through which the bank raises funds to fight cervical cancer in women, and the sponsorship of midwife training programmes to improve maternal and child health.

“Through the marathon, we have raised awareness among 23,000 women, and more than 1,090 of them have been diagnosed with cervical cancer and received treatment,” he said, adding that “Through the initiative, we provide training sponsorships for 100 midwives in collaboration with the Benjamin Mkapa Foundation to improve safe maternal and child healthcare in Tanzania.

“We are proud to say that so far, 50 midwives have received this training and gone back to work with enhanced skills to save the lives of mothers and children.”

He further said that the bank has sponsored and coordinated the NBC mobile clinics, which are mobile clinics in Zanzibar, aimed at improving the health of the citizens in various parts of the islands.

The handover ceremony was attended by senior officials from the region and the hospital, including the Director of the Songea Council, Elizabeth Gumbo, and the Priest of the Songea Catholic Diocese, Father Wilhelm Soni.

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