As well-wishers continue to join the government through the Ministry of Health in the fight against Covid, Music against Malaria has donated equipment such as oxygen concentrators worth over K6 million to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
Music against Malaria, which uses music to support health with a focus on malaria, decided to respond to an SOS made by Professor Frank Taulo that the hospital was in dire need of support following a rise in cases.
The non-governmental organisation, spearheaded by musicians Code Sangala and Annemarie Quinn, with support from other players decided to use Gofund to raise funds for Covid response.
Handing over the donation to QECH, Code said although they are focused on malaria, they decided to help in the fight against Covid, which continues to claim lots of lives globally.
“With the number of cases going up, QECH has been struggling and, so, we thought we should do our part. We normally do needs assessment and we were given priorities of what were needed, hence buying oxygen concentrators and regulators, among others,” the musician said.
He then called on people to continue following precautionary measures in the fight against the pandemic.
Annemarie said their main focus is malaria but they decided to help in that Covid is a global pandemic.
“We use music to raise funds in malaria fight and we have been affected by Covid in that we cannot hold shows, hence responding to a call by QECH. We are thankful to everyone who donated through Gofund, which is an America-based fund but everyone is able to support,” she said.
Annemarie said they were also working behind the scenes on their malaria project.
“We are working with Nkhata Bay Hospital and, once things normalise, we will put up gigs to raise funds for the hospital. This is just to say that we are working countrywide,” she said.
Taulo hailed Music against Malaria for the donation describing it as timely.
“Numbers have been on the rise and, so, to have Music against Malaria come out and support us is commendable. This is not the first time for them to help”, Taulo said.
He said apart from the equipment, Music against Malaria has also bought food for frontline workers.
“We just want to call upon well-wishers to come and work hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health in the fight against Covid to buy things like masks, medicines and equipment,” Taulo said.
The equipment was bought through Thofu Investment, which has also been working hand-in-hand with Music against Malaria in malaria projects.