Kasungu District Hospital has asked stakeholders to support the district with more personal protective equipment (PPE) as it intensifies the fight against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The call was made on Friday when World Vision Malawi (WVM) donated K12.7 million worth of drugs and PPE such as laboratory jackets, masks and ventilators to the facility.
The hospital’s pharmacy technician Matias Andimos, who represented the district director of health and social services, said although Kasungu has not registered any Covid-19 case, they need more assistance in the fight against the pandemic.
He said: “Health workers have been trained on how to manage Covid-19 cases, but they do not have the right equipment.
“That is why we commend WVM for donating the PPE. We are now better off.”
Andimos also appealed to stakeholders to help the district with fuel to enable them visit patients in home isolation and during awareness campaigns in the district.
WVM Kasungu district programmes manager Robert Mitomoni said they donated the equipment to complement government’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19.
“Our organisation, being the district’s committee member of Public Emergency Health Management Committee, donated some drugs and safety equipment to strengthen response measures formulated to prevent the spread of the pandemic,” he said. Last week, health workers in the country staged a sit-in where, among others, they asked government to provide them with PPE.