As the Covid-19 pandemic is at its peak in Malawi, the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Clinical Research Programme has donated 100 oxygen cylinders and glucometers to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) to assist in fighting the pandemic.
In an interview with YONECO FM online Professor Henry Mwandumba, Acting director of the Malawi Liverpool Clinical Research Programme indicated that the oxygen cylinders cost 18,000 USD where as the flow metres cost 5000 USD.
The items were procured by MLW through funds raised by Liverpool STM BumpItForward Campaign and a grant from the Wellcome.
“Covid-19 is a big problem in Malawi and a lot of patients are being admitted at QECH, a hospital that we also work in, we are certain that an investment of this nature will save lives of which there is no monetary value at all,” said Mwandumba.
Hospital director for QECH Dr Samson Mndolo said the medical supplies will go a long way to improve access to care to patients.
“Access to oxygen is one of the crucial part of care that a hospital the size of QECH even smaller ones need, all patients in need of oxygen must access it,” he said.
Mndolo also encouraged people to get the covid-19 vaccine in order to reduce their risk of severe Covid-19 disease, admission and death.
“90% of Covid-19 patients admitted as at present are those that did not receive the Covid-19 vaccine, and a small fraction of those who got the first dose,” he said.