- Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 02:05
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KCB Bank Tanzania, has donated 5m/-to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi for the purchase of equipment for the women Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Speaking during the cheque handover ceremony held at the hospital yesterday, Moshi KCB Bank Branch Manager Lomnyaki Saitabau said, the donation was a continuation of similar assistance to the hospital last year
"Last year we donated over 11m/- to facilitate renovation of the women ICU room. When I asked and was informed that the room was ready but lacked equipment, I felt that there was a need to provide support you again to make this gesture meaningful", he said.
The branch manager noted that, KCB has decided to support the hospital to complement the government efforts to reduce maternal deaths that can be prevented as well as the realization of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number 4 which seeks to bring down the number of maternal deaths by 2015.
"This donation is not very big but I believe it can make a significant difference by saving the needy women who die because of lack of enough facilities," he said.
The KCMC Acting Director Professor Raimos Olomi said the donation was a big boost to the hospital, adding that it would help to save lives of women and their new borns who die as a result of pregnancy complications.
"There are still a lot of maternal deaths in Tanzania. In order to arrest the situation, a lot is to be done.This requires support from different stakeholders. Today, KCB has once again shown its true commitment to save the women and children. We are grateful to this important support," he said
The Head of Obstetric and Gynaecology, Dr Gileard Masenga said, the hospital had no special ICU room dedicated for women with pregnancy complications, stressing that the donation would make an impact.
"At the beginning, women with pregnancy complications had to use the general ICU room. We believe this donation would facilitate the procurement of some of the required equipment and thus assist to save lives of women and their new borns. We are grateful to KCB Bank for investing in women health," he said.