Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has donated K35 million worth of medical equipment to the Ministry of Health in support of the fight against the Covid pandemic.
The support follows President Lazarus Chakwera’s call for organisations, companies and individuals to contribute to the fight against the second wave of the pandemic.
Macra Board Chair Stanley Khaila presented 100 oxygen cylinders, concentrators and oxygen enough for 100 concentrators and personal protective equipment (PPE) to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) Director Samson Mndolo in Blantyre recently.
Upon receipt, the equipment was immediately deployed to various health institutions.
Speaking after making the donation, Khaila said it was part of the communication regulatory body’s corporate social responsibility.
“As Macra, we thought it wise to take heed the President’s call for support to our health facilities and health care workers as they remain in the front lines fighting the pandemic, so this support is not only targeting Qech but it will also be extended to other health facilities,” Khaila said.
Khaila then reiterated Macra’s commitment to supporting the public health sector so that it provides quality health care services to Malawians especially now “as the country faces a common enemy”.
Qech Director Samson Mndolo maintained that the facility continues to face challenges since the second wave of Covid pandemic hit the country early this year.
Mndolo hailed Macra for the support but called for more support.
“We would like to thank Macra for this support because, while the cylinders and oxygen will ensure that we serve lives, the PPE will protect health workers from exposure to the virus,” Mndolo said.
Various organisations, individuals and companies have come up with initiatives to support the country’s public health service delivery system fight Covid-19 since the first case was recorded last year.
Eric Msikiti is a Senior Reporter/News Producer at Times Group. Though relatively young, Eric boasts years of experience in Malawi’s media industry.