Ripple Africa, a charitable organisation, has donated seven oxygen concentrators to Nkhata Bay District Health Office to enhance its efforts in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Four cylinders will be allocated to Chintheche Rural Hospital while three will go to Nkhata Bay District Hospital.
Speaking on Saturday during the handover, Ripple Africa country director Force Ngwira said they made the gesture to complement government’s efforts in fighting the pandemic.
“We recognise the burdenon government’s shoulders to provide medical equipment to health facilities; hence, the gesture,” he said.
Ngwira also said they fixed 250 boreholes in Nkhata Bay and Nkhotakota when the pandemic broke out last year to enhance personal hygiene as one way of preventing the spread of the disease.
“We also distributed face masks and intensified awareness on the pandemic,” he said.
In his remarks, Nkhata Bay District Hospital senior medical officer Dumisani Nkhoma said oxygen concentrators are critical devices in the recovery process of Covid-19 patients.
“The oxygen concentrators will help patients recover from the disease,” he said.
On his part, Nkhata Bay District Council chairperson Cyria Adamana said they received minimal support from government towards the fight against the pandemic.
“So, we commend Ripple Africa for the support as government alone cannot provide everything,” he said.
The organisation has also donated six oxygen concentrators to Nkhotakota and Salima district hospitals.
The equipment donated to the three districts cost K8 million.