Oxfam in Malawi and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) have donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to six rural health centres in Karonga.
Speaking during the handover at Karonga District Hospital on Monday, CHRR civic education coordinator Thandizo Mphwiyo said they allocated K25 million for Covid-19 response.
“We mobilised extra funds from Oxfam Malawi for PPE to protect health workers from the virus,” she said.
Oxfam in Malawi governance coordinator Chisomo Manthalu said the PPE will prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“There is laxity in following preventive measures because cases are going down. This is why we are coming in to let people know the pandemic still exists,” he said.
Karonga District director of health and social services David Sibale said the donation will lessen the district hospital’s burden to support rural facilities with PPE.
The PPE was donated to Lupembe, Katili, Mlare, Mwenilondo, Kasowa and Mpata health centres.
The items included 15 packs of disposable medical face masks, 15 buckets of chlorine powder, 100 disposable gowns and 200 bottles of hand sanitisers.
The donation is part of Increasing Access to Essential Services in Malawi Through Holding Duty-Bearers to Account Project which seeks to increase knowledge about health rights and access to health services.
Karonga has cumulatively registered 87 Covid-19 cases with four deaths.