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Nkhata Bay District Hospital to start producing gas

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Newly constructed Nkhata Bay District Hospital will soon start producing medical oxygen to be used at the facility and other health facilities within the region.

The medical gas will also be a source of revenue for the state-of-the-art hospital.

Nkhata Bay District Health officer (DHO), Dr Albert Mkandawire, said the gas plant installed at the hospital has the capacity to produce enough medical oxygen for other health facilities outside the district.

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“We have the capacity to supply to other facilities like our sister hospitals, Mzuzu Central Hospital and other hospitals within the region as well as private institutions and Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) institutions when need arises,” said Mkandawire.

The gas plant produces nitrous oxide and medical oxygen. Nitrous oxide is a gas used by doctors and dentists to prevent people from feeling pain during a medical operation, according to the DHO.

He further said his office is proposing that the nitrous oxide and medical oxygen should be sold so that the returns should be used to maintain the gas plant.

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“We are saying there will be that option that these other institutions will access oxygen and nitrous oxide at government approved rates,” said the medical officer, adding that priority will be given to government institutions.

Old Nkhata Bay District Hospital was accessing medical oxygen and nitrous oxide from a South Africa based company.

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