The Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLWT) has come to the rescue of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) with a donation of 100 oxygen cylinders and a corresponding number of flow meters.
The USD18,000 donation supplements the Trust’s earlier purchase and installment of an oxygen concentration plant that assists Covid-19 patients at the facility with over one million litres of oxygen daily.
During the second wave of the pandemic earlier this year, management of Covid-19 patients became extremely difficult amid inadequate lifesaving equipment like gas cylinders.
Several prominent and ordinary Malawians succumbed to the pandemic as thousands of cases kept on straining service delivery in public health facilities including QECH.
Now, there are fears that the third wave might even be worse considering the alarming levels of new infections being registered on a daily basis.
In his remarks, acting Director of the Malawi Liverpool Clinical Research Programme, Professor Henry Mwandumba, pledged to continue assisting the citizenry through the referral hospital that offers health care to residents of Blantyre and beyond.
Mwandumba further pointed out that the government alone cannot meet the needs of the people amid the Covid-19 pandemic, hence the donation of oxygen cylinders and flow meters.
On his part, hospital Director Samson Mndolo expressed gratitude to MLWT for the donation saying it has come at the right time when the hospital continues to receive more and more patients in need of oxygen treatment.
Mndolo then took advantage of the occasion to inspire the public to get the Covid jab once a fresh consignment arrives in the country.
He disclosed that at least 90 percent of all Covid-19 patients admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital either did not receive or only received the first dose of the vaccine.