By Linda Kwanjana
Malawi President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera on Friday Commissioned the Lilongwe Institute of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery.
During the function Chakwera commended Norway Government for the assistance towards construction of Lilongwe Institute of
Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery.
Speaking during an opening function of the new facility, the Malawi Leader said he does not take the assistance for granted.
“Today, I would like to pay tribute to the true friends of Malawi. As much as we are here to celebrate the completion of Phase-1 of this Lilongwe Institute of
Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery, and as much as I am delighted by the work that the contractors and my officials from the Ministry of Health have done to ensure that this facility is ready to launch today, none of this would have been possible without the help of
and partnership with the People of Norway, whom I consider to be true friends of Malawi,” he said.
He said in this regard, he commends the family of Norwegian philanthropists Mr. Trond Mohn and their partner Mrs. Åsta Otteren Ellingsen, who all contributed a lion’s share of the resources for the project.
“I say thank you. Your generosity to the People of Malawi has been true, steady, unimposing, and unpretentious.
This is rare in today’s world.
“Here in Africa, it is common practice for donors from other nations to impose on us acts of charity that we did not ask for,
or to announce to the world their donations to us for their own clout, or to publicize the amounts they have
poured into our countries without any public knowledge,” he said.
The President further appealed for respect for healthcare workers who he said are suffering various forms of abuse for minor mistakes they make.
He said Malawians should learn to love and respect healthcare workers and understand their humanity when they commit some mistakes in their work.