Chinese Ambassador Zhang Qingyang on Thursday handed over medical drugs and equipment worth K150 million to the Government of Malawi.
Beneficiaries of the drugs and medical equipment are Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe and Mzuzu Central Hospital (MCH), according to Zhang who handed over the consignment to Minister of Health Jean Kalirani at a ceremony held at the Chinese Ambassador’s residence in Lilongwe.
Said Zhang: “Health, which is closely related to people’s welfare, is on top of the agenda of China-Malawi relations. Every year, the Chinese government, through the Chinese medical team, donates some medicine and medical equipment to this country. It is our hope that this donation will help in a small way to alleviate the drug shortage in the public hospitals.”
Zhang pledged that China will continue to keep in close contact with Malawi to expand cooperation in health.
The donated equipment included the electrocardiograph, pulse blood oxygen unit, electric aspirators, X-ray equipment, infant incubators, consolidated operating table pregnancy test strips, malaria blood test equipment, stretchers vehicles, anesthesia parcel, aneroid manometers, and many other medical gears.
In her vote of thanks, Kalirani expressed gratitude to China for the donation, saying it will help improve the quality of care to patients.
China has also supported capacity building for health workers through the Chinese Government Medical Scholarships offered annually to Malawian students to study medicine in China.