PIH Donates IV Fluid Drugs to QECH

Symbolic presentation of the items Symbolic presentation of the items - pic by Steve Kalungwe

Partners in Health (PIH) has donated intravenous fluid drug worth K30 million to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre in a bid to improve hydration and increase electrolytes and blood sugar levels in patients.

The fluid comprises 3, 598 bags of Ringer Lactate and 7, 952 bags of Sodium Chloride.

QECH Principal Pharmacist, Christina Mwinjiwa, thanked PHI for the donation saying it will ease IV drug shortage for the meantime.

"Hospitalized patients will benefit more from these IV fluids as on average, the hospital uses about 400 of IV fluids per day," she said.

Mwinjiwa said the fluids are on high demand across the country and her hospital will put the drugs to good use since they are highly needed by cancer and burnt skin patients.

On her part, PIH Communications Specialist, Janet Mbwazulu, said the donation to QECH was made after realizing that it was the main referral hospital for Neno patients where PIH is implementing most of its activities.

"Since we refer most of our patients to QECH, we want these patients to find all necessary drugs at this referral hospital hence the donation", said Mbwazulu.

Recently, PIH also donated COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) supplies, other personal protective equipment (PPEs) and assorted drugs to QECH.

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