LILONGWE, Malawi, August 20, 2021 (AEJ) - Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) is spending MK55million on personal protective equipment monthly plus an additional MK13 mmillion daily to procure oxygen for patients in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
KCH Director Jonathan Ngoma made the revelations after receiving a donation of 200 litres of disinfectants and 80 liters of sanitizers that have been produced by the Faculty of Science at the University of Malawi (Unima).
"Demand is very high for disinfectants to reduce the spread from patients to staff, staff to staff and staff to patients. We have over 1,300 members of staff and all of them need to be given personal protective equipment." Ngoma explained after receiving the donation at the facility today.
In his remarks, Unima’s Associate Professor and Dean of Research Mangani Chilala Katundu, said the varsity started the production of sanitizers and disinfectants to cover the high cost of having to import and pay for the items from elsewhere.
"UNDP came and offered to support us that innovation. We were excited and our researchers have worked so hard to come up with our own sanitizers and disinfectants." Katundu explained immediately after presenting the donation.
Katundu added that the disinfectants made by Unima are way ahead of the rest and very effective.
"With our disinfectants, office premises once disinfected can be occupied within 15 minutes of spraying. This saves times and effort to the institutions utilizing the product." Said Katundu.
He expressed gratitude to UNDP for the support and scientists at the tertiary institution adding they have capacity to innovate to contribute to the development of the country.
Malawi has recently witnessed a demand of disinfectants as part of maintaining hygiene both domestic and institutional according to health experts so that the viral spread can be contained in the process.