Chikwawa DHO Armed in COVID-19 Fight

Dr. Zinkanda (left) and Trott during the hand over of medical equipment Dr. Zinkanda (left) and Trott during the hand over of medical equipment - pic by Christopher Sande

Rays of hope are hovering over Chikwawa District Health Office in the fight against COVID-19 following support from government and partners who have injected over K100 million towards the fight.

District Commissioner, Ali Phiri, says government has supported the Council with K61 million while Illovo Sugar Malawi has bought medical equipment worth K40 million to improve delivery of services at Kasinthula Isolation Centre.

"Illovo's donation is timely considering that we have just increased the patient capacity at the isolation centre from 5 to 13," said Phiri.

He said resources from government will be used in the procurement of masks, conducting awareness campaigns and other essentials.

Illovo Nchalo General Manager, Goeff Trott, hopes the donation of patient monitoring equipment like BP machines, patient support equipment like ICU ventilator, nebulizer, oxygen equipment, and personal protective equipment will alleviate some of the challenges at the isolation center.

"We are optimistic that this will allow for provision of better care to COVID-19 patients," said Trott

Chikwawa Director of Health and Social services, Dr Stalin Zinkanda, and Health Service Committee Chairperson, Councilor Wyson Bushi, have asked other stakeholders to emulate Illovo's gesture.

Cumulatively, the district has registered slightly more than 200 cases with 49 active cases, 132 recoveries and 15 deaths.

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