Lilongwe-based businessperson Ghassan Bakri, who owns Santa Plaza shop in the city, yesterday donated 300 face shields, 500 face masks and 200 bottles of hand sanitisers to the Airport Police Branch at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA).
Speaking after the donation, Ghassan Bakri said he felt sorry to learn that the police at the Airport are always the first contacts; hence, the need to protect them.
“I am always worried to see our police officers exposed. This is not my first time to donate; hence, my decision to come and help all our officers working in the airports,” he said.
Bakri said while passing through KIA terminal building, he noticed that most of the police officers were not fully protected.
“Now that the airport has been re-opened for the passenger flights, we want to help police officers in our airports as they cannot buy these personal protective equipment (PPE) for themselves and the government alone cannot do it all,” he said.
On his part, director of airport police securities, Charles Kanzingeni, said airport police officers are dedicated to their work of aviation security but are too exposed to the pandemic; hence, the need for more help.
He, therefore, asked other well-wishers to emulate the good gesture by Santa Plaza.
The donated materials will cater for all airport police officers nationwide.
KIA was reopened for passenger flights on September 1 2020.