The fundraising initiative for urgent Covid-19 relief in Malawi has raised funds amounting to K30 million within four days.
The GoFundMe initiative which was set up by a France based Malawian writer and commentator, Onjezani Stanley Kenani, is aimed at raising funds to purchase medical supplies and equipment for frontline medical workers and patients including oxygen cylinders, oxygen pressure regulators, medicines and personal protective equipment in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
The initiative followed the declaration by President Lazarus Chakwera on Sunday that Malawi is a state of natural disaster.
In an interview with YFM on Tuesday, Kenani said so far they have paid K17.4million to Afrox Malawi limited to purchase 40 oxygen cylinders and 40 flowmeters.
“We have so far paid afrox Malawi limited for 40 oxygen cylinders and 40 flowmeters which will be donated to Queen Elizabeth central hospital, Zomba central hospital, Kamuzu central hospital and Mzuzu central hospital,” he said.
Kenani added that in the meantime they are soliciting quotations of other medical supplies and critical drugs.
As of Monday, January 18, 2021, the country had recorded 13,027 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 321 deaths.