Amid threats of the third wave of Covid in the country, authorities at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) have said oxygen would still be a challenge despite having an oxygen plant.
KCH Director Jonathan Ngoma recently said the oxygen plant produces oxygen for 60 cylinders, which is only enough for 20 people under normal circumstances.
“In February, we had over 80 percent; meaning that we need about four oxygen plants because a person consumes three cylinders of gas and sometimes more than that depending on the condition. We are working to see if we can have good supplies,” he said.
The government, in collaboration with development partners, provided the hospital with an oxygen plant in December last year.
Ngoma said preparations for the third wave had started, including making the field hospital at Bingu National Stadium ready again, training staff and mobilising resources.
India is one of the countries that have been hit hard by a new variant of coronavirus and the arrival of 40 technicians from India to work at Salima Sugar Factory has brought panic and fears of a possible third wave in Malawi.
Meanwhile, Muslim World League has supported the hospital with Covid medical supplies worth K75 million.
Muslim World League Executive Adviser Sheikh Walid El Saadi said they felt obligated to meet medical needs of the community.
“We save humanity at large without looking at colour or race. This donation is part of our humanitarian assistance in various areas of development,” he said.
The items included facemasks and hand sanitisers.
Cumulatively 1,152 people have died of Covid since the first case was reported in April last year.