Press Corporation commits K35 million towards COVID-19

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Shortage of medical equipment at Kameza Isolation Centre has been eased after Press Corporation Plc made a K35 million worth donation of such.

The Group's CEO, George Partridge delivered the donation to Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) on behalf of Press Corporation and its subsidiaries on Thursday.

Partridge said they felt the need to assist in the fight against the virus after getting a call for assistance.

"We have been severely affected by the pandemic. And therefore when the call came we thought that we can do something about it. We know times are hard, within their means to do something about the pandemic especially  by providing equipment for front line staff and even patients.

"This pandemic has affected our families, our communities, our customers, everybody has been affected. As you can see even the way the business environment is its not the way it should to be.  So we thought that inorder to atleast make a positive contribution to the improvement of business environment Press Corporation as a business should do something about it," he said.

Blantyre District Health and Social Welfare Officer, Dr Gift Kawalazira commended the company for the donation saying it will go along way in addressing some of the challenges face at the centre.

"We appreciate the donation because it's going to build our capacity and enable this facility to manage critically ill COVID-19 patients," he said.

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The donated equipment- photos by Benjamin Maona and McDonald Chapalapata

Some of the donated equipment include 10 ICU beds and matresses, One oxygen concentrator 20 boxes of face masks, five bottles of sanitisers, spray bottles, gallons of choline, 265 face shields, thermometers, sterile gowns, 49 gumboots.

Malawi now has 72 cases of COVID-19 with Kameza Isolation Centre now hosting two patients who are clinically stable.