The Egyptian government has donated medical equipment worth more than K82 million to Malawi to help in the fighting the novel Covid-19.
The donation which includes, face shields and rubber boots arrived in the country on Saturday through the Kamuzu International Airport.
Ministers of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, and of Foreign Affairs, Eisenhower Mkaka received the equipment.
Mkaka hailed Egypt for the donation saying the gesture signifies a good relationship that exists between Cairo and Lilongwe.
In her remarks, Kandodo Chiponda thanked the Egyptian government, saying the donation will help protect health workers.
“Covid-19 has even affected our health workers. About 460 of our health workers got infected in the process of treating Covid-19 patients.
“That is why today we are very grateful to the people of Egypt for this timely donation which will help assist our health workers so that they can do their work properly without being infected,” she said.
Egypt Ambassador to Malawi, Hassan Shawky, said his government is assisting 20 countries with medical assistance with Malawi being the first recipient.
“It just proves how distinguished and how special our relationship is. We would never leave our brothers and sisters of Malawi fight this pandemic alone,” he said.
The relationship between the two countries dates back to 1964.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.