Oxfam Donates PPE to Chambe and Mpasa Health Centres

Symbolic donation presentation Symbolic donation presentation - pic by Hastings Jimani

Oxfam says the country’s rural public health facilities require direct support towards COVID-19 management amid a surge of local transmission which has not spared rural areas.

The organization’s Country Director Lingalireni Mihowa said this on Wednesday when she made a donation of COVID-19 Personal Protection Equipment at Chambe health centre in Mulanje and Mpasa health centre in Phalombe district.

“With an increasing local transmission cases currently at 3, 409 out of registered 4, 426 cases, rural areas have not been spared and as such we need to provide direct support to rural public health facilities towards COVID-19 management,” said Mihowa.

On Wednesday, Oxfam donated sanitation materials and COVID-19 personal protection equipment to health workers at Chambe and Mpasa health centres in Mulanje and Phalombe districts respectively.

According to Mihowa, the organization has set aside K40 million towards COVID-19 response in Malawi.

“We are supporting health facilities in constituencies whose parliamentarians are women as part of supporting them in fighting against the pandemic in their constituencies,” said Mihowa.

Mulanje Pasani legislator Ebbie Mathanda who received the donation together with Chambe health centre In-Charge Enita Gama thanked Oxfam for the donation.

Meanwhile, health rights expert Maziko Matemba said the rising locally transmitted cases is a wakeup call to stakeholders to continue advising people adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures.

“Local NGOs, CSOs and CBOs should collaborate with health workers and other structures in promoting all preventive measures which are frequent hand washing, social distancing over more than one metre, and wearing face masks,” said Matemba.

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