Asian Business Community Intensifies Efforts against COVID-19
Asian Business Community (ABC) in Malawi has intensified its efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
ABC Chairperson, Faizal Aboo, says the Community formed a COVID-19 taskforce in March this year to effectively fight the virus.
“Its purpose is to immediately identify and address the limited knowledge about COVID-19 and to donate equipment, supplies and other requisites towards a well-equipped isolation, quarantine and treatment center for the government of Malawi,” he said.
“In coordination with the district health office, we have identified possible locations to establish isolation, quarantine and treatment facilities in Blantyre and Zomba. Procurement of ventilators, personal protective equipment and medication has nearly been concluded,” he added.
Aboo says the Community raised funds from well-wishers within 72 hours to equip the ministry of health’s isolation and quarantine centers at the Kamuzu College of Nursing in Blantyre.
Vice chairperson for the Community, Dr. Party Patel, urged people in the country to learn a hard way the lesson the world has learnt over the virus.
“We do not have adequate medical staff and facilities necessary to cope with the extra burden that COVID-19 will put on the health system. Stay at home unless you are the breadwinner,” he said.
The Community implemented a partial lockdown in its effort to prevent spread of Corona virus.
Blantyre District Director of health Services, Dr. Gift Kawalazira, said the support being rendered by ABC is making a difference in the fight against the virus.
He said the district office has put in place strategies in managing the virus such as monitoring and routine test among health workers.