COVID-19: Mangochi District hospital has no oxygen cylinders

Seed Global Health

As one way of contributing to the the fight against COVID-19, Seed Global Health on Wednesday donated various protective items against the pandemic to Mangochi District Hospital.

Speaking during the donation, Country director for Seed global health Dr. Bridget Malewezi said they came up with the idea following their partnership with the hospital and the College of medicine.

“We are focusing on training doctors to be working in the district, however the donation will help to protect them during their training as you are aware that the school is opening soon,” she explained.

According to Malewezi, the donation will also help the medical facility during this time of COVID-19 as it serves a lot of patients from different areas hence the need for more Personal protective equipment (PPE).

“We also see the need of supporting the district in particular to make sure that the doctors, nurses and midwives have adequate resources during their training,” she added.

She then assured the District health office (DHO) of continued partnership from the organization.

Mangochi District Director of heath and social services Dr. Henry Chibowa commended Seed global health for the timely intervention saying it compliments their effort in the fight against the virus.

“As a hospital, our responsibility is to make sure that the patients coming here should not get Covid-19 and also our officials should be protected, so this donation is very crucial to us as hospital,” he said.

Chibowa however said lack of resources at the facility is undermining their efforts in the prevention of various diseases including Corovavirus.

“We have no oxygen cylinders, small isolation ward, even few personal protective equipment, how do you expect good change in that environment?”

“Yes, the situation is improving as people are recovering from COVID-19, but this is the time we need more resources so that we should not relax,” he added.

Seed global health in partnership with the College of medicine has been working with Mangochi DHO since 2014, and it will continue working together untill 2024.

The K14 million donation comprise hand sanitizers, masks, moppers, and other medical equipment.