Parent and Child Health Initiative (PACHI) has donated assorted items worth 1.5 million Malawian Kwacha to Mchinji District Hospital to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Mchinji district hospital is facing shortage of protective equipment considering that it covers the population of Mchinji as well as people from neighboring countries of Zambia and Mozambique as they flock to the facility to seek medical care.
In response to the cry by the facility, PACHI has donated Pulse Oximeter, Glucometers, Face Masks, Aprons and Hand Sanitizers. The District Programmes Coordinator for PACHI Beatiwel Zadutsa had explains, “We have been working with this hospital for long time and considered to offer help towards the Covid-19 pandemic. PACHI have donated assorted items including the pulse oximeter which health workers will use to measure oxygen saturation as you know Covid-19 is directly characterized by low oxygen supply in human body.”
The District Nursing Officer for Mchinji District Hospital Nemma Uzeni Phiri commended PACHI for the good gesture towards Covid-19 pandemic. In her remarks, she said that PACHI is the reliable partner and has been supporting the hospital in various ways and these items have been timely donated and will help the practitioners during this pandemic.
Nemma Uzeni Phiri, Mchinji District Nursing Officer
“The frontline health staff are risking their lives in dealing with the pandemic and are in desperate need of protective gear. There’s high demand for face masks, the medical equipment donated to us ie N95 masks will help keep health workers safe. We appeal to other stakeholders to follow the example that PACHI has demonstrated today.” she added.
Covid-19 has affected thousands of people worldwide, Mchinji has zero registered cases as of now. PACHI is supporting the Government of Malawi to support and strengthen its Covid-19 national preparedness and response activities in the country.
In Malawi as of June 4, 2020 there are now 369 registered cases and 4 deaths.