Amref Health Africa has donated medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) to health and education sectors in Ntchisi District to enhance their efforts in fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The items included an oxygen concentrator, thermogans, patient monitors, nebulysers, hand-washing facilities, buckets and hand sanitisers.
Speaking when she handed over the PPEs on Tuesday, Amref Health Africa project assistant officer Edna Kamkhwali said they wanted to complement government’s efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic.
“Covid-19 has not spared anyone and we decided to share the little we have to help the district to contain the further spread of the disease,” she said.
Kamkhwali said they distributed hand-washing facilities and hand sanitisers to 30 primary schools under Mpherere, Boma and Malomo education zones in traditional authorities Kalumo and Chilooko.
Mpherere Primary School head teacher Gerald Chinzimu said he was grateful for the donation.
“The school had shortage of buckets because it has 1 342 learners,” he said.
On his part, Ntchisi district director of health and social services Dr Lumbani Munthali described the donation as timely, saying the items will be distributed to various health facilities, including the district hospital.
He commended Amref Health Africa for complementing government’s efforts in ensuring that there is easy access to health services by people in the district.
“Covid-19 is still around and these items will go a long way in helping our patients,” said Munthali.
Amref Health Africa procured the items with support from Global Affairs Canada.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has in the wake of a fourth Covid-19 wave threat, introduced additional precautionary measures, including tightening health checks at refugee camps.
This follows the emergence of a new variant known as Omicron or B.1.1.529.