Mkango Resources Donates MK10 Million Anesthetic Ventilator to QECH
Mkango Resources Limited has moved to support Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre with a donation of state of the art ventilator machine to the Mercy James Centre.
The company says this is in a drive to assist the referral facility in combating Covid-19.
“The directors in CANADA and United Kingdom felt strongly that we had to give a hand to a referral hospital, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. And then when we contacted Professor Eric Borgstein who suggested that the machine should come to this centre.
“As you have seen it’s a state of the art hospital and so we are happy to donate the state of art equipment to this hospital,” explained Burton Kachinjika, Mkango Resources Country Director.
Kachinjika said as a company, they have halted their exploration works because of Covid-19.
“Basically, we are an exploration company as you know our money comes from investors but we felt duty bound to do whatever we can to combat the pandemic. We cannot afford to watch without doing something,” said Kachinjika.
Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Professor Eric Borgstein, described the support as a timely.
“This anesthetic machine will play a critical role, now u have to understand that despite the COVID crisis, normal surgical emergencies will be on going.
“We see lots and lots patients at this referral facility who will benefit all our various patients not only now but for years to come,” explained Professor Eric Borgstein, who is Professor of Surgery at the University of Malawi, College of Medicine.
He said the ventilator machine will enable Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital to set up a new operating theatre for emergency operations specifically for patients who have Covid-19 virus thus preventing existing operating theatres being contaminated with the virus
“We will soon have a Corona virus positive who will need emergency surgery. And then we have to have a theatre which is prepared which is separate with full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) available, not just normal surgical PPE’s.
“We want a theatre with full PPE’s where we can separate the patients from the others so that there is no risk,” said Professor Borgstein.
Meanwhile, Malawi has recorded 203 Covid-19 cases as of Thursday.