Nkhata Bay District Covid-19 Initiative has donated medical equipment worth K1.8 million to the district health office (DHO) to support its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The items include seven flow meters and humidifier bottles.
In an interview, the Initiative’s chairperson Priscilla Nkhoma said they wanted to complement government’s efforts in fighting the pandemic.
She said: “We consulted the DHO on the kind of equipment they need to effectively do their job.
“We also learned that the DHO requires K30 million to get the equipment. So, we will continue to raise money to address the need.”
Nkhoma also thanked the Concerned Private Citizens Initiative that donated two oxygen cylinders, two flow meters and a pulse oximeter to Nkhata Bay District Hospital.
Nkhata Bay district director of health and social services Mwatikonda Mbendera said the equipment had come at the right time.
“We had three flow meters. Yet these apparatus are important as they are connected to oxygen cylinders to control the flow of oxygen that goes to a patient,” he said.
Mbendera bemoaned people’s attitude towards the pandemic in the district.
“But we are working with leadership structures in communities to sensitise people because they are living in denial,” he said.