Standard Bank Malawi yesterday donated K90 million-worth of personal protective equipment to be shared among major referral hospitals in the country.
The bank’s chief executive officer William le Roux led senior officials in a handover that took place at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe.
Le Roux said any disruption to livelihoods among Malawians is of great concern to the bank hence the assistance.
He said: “Our contribution to fight the pandemic is all about protecting lives, economies, jobs and aspirations. We want to keep hospitals a safe place for our customers and staff to come for treatment hence this donation. We thought it fitting to help front line personnel as they undertake their task of treating Covid-19 patients.”
The Items include 4 650 protective suits, 9 520 masks, 37 480 gloves, 1 000 hand sanitiser bottles and 20 infrared thermometers.
The equipment will benefit KCH, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and Mzuzu Central Hospital, with each receiving 1 500 protective suits, 3 000 masks and 12 160 gloves.
Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi will also get 1 000 hand sanitisers, 20 infrared thermometers, 520 masks, 1 000 gloves and 150 protective suits to distribute to nurses and midwives nationwide.
KCH director Dr Jonathan Ngoma said the donation has come at a time when hospitals are stressed and pressed due to rising Covid-19 cases.
He appealed to more companies and organisations to donate equipment so that all hospitals get the capacity to keep both health personnel and patients safe.