First lady Mrs Monica Chakwera donated surgical equipment and supplies to Dowa District Hospital on Tuesday. The products collected include facial masks, hand sanitiser and emergency staff personal protection devices. She called on stakeholders to join...
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First lady Mrs Monica Chakwera donated surgical equipment and supplies to Dowa District Hospital on Tuesday.
The products collected include facial masks, hand sanitiser and emergency staff personal protection devices.
She called on stakeholders to join hands and work together to eliminate pandemic Covid-19.
"Covid-19 continues to influence the Malawi population in various ways, but as a country we should be joining hands to fight this pandemic before we prevail.
"Let's both of us collaborate with the government to improve prevention steps against more diseases," she said.
Madame Chakwera said the government is mindful of the health sector 's problems, reiterating its commitment to tackle them all.
"The health sector faces a variety of problems, such as insufficient facilities , poor water sources, manpower shortages and many others," she said.
She said some of these issues will be resolved quickly while some of them require sufficient long-term preparation.
Dr. Peter Makoza, Health Services Chief, Dowa District, said the donation would help implement some of the strategies in the Covid-19 action plan that the district has established to successfully address the pandemic.
"This donation will not only alleviate the challenges the health sector is facing but will also improve the quality of health service delivery," he said.
He said health workers will do their job better in battling covid-19 with the help of the equipment and supplies from these.
Makoza appealed to the communities to take all protective steps in the fight against the pandemic that struck Malawi, where Dowa district wasn't spared.
Senior chief Msakambewa, in his remarks, asked the Firstlady to expand the assistance to other remaining health facilities in the district, saying they also face common problems and require immediate support.
"We really thank as a community for the prompt donation. But, my problem is that the donated equipment and materials are for a few area health facilities," he said.
Dowa District Hospital serves 797 463 inhabitants and is a referral hospital to 23 health care facilities.
In May 2020, the district hospital registered its first case of covid-19, and as of 28 May 2020, the hospital recorded a cumulative of 73 cases with two deaths.