By Draxon Maloya
Former students of the University of Malawi, The Chancellor College belonging to Mzuzu Corner have donated oxygen cylinders to the Mzuzu Central Hospital as one way of mitigating some of the challenges emanating from effects of covid-19 pandemic.
The 146 member group thought of donating the cylinders which were in short supply at the institution.
The situation was costing the referral hospital Mk62 000 each cylinder to procure and it needs about four per day on covid-19 patients alone.
Chairperson for Chanco Mzuzu Corner Group, Mbawaka Mwakhwawa said the donation of oxygen cylinders is one way of giving back to the community which also contributed in one way or the other in educating them so as to become productive citizens of this great nation.
“We got a call from the Mzuzu Central Hospital that there is urgent need for oxygen due to covid-19, so we decided to help considering that it could be another way of giving back to the community,” Mwakhwawa said.
In his remarks after receiving the cylinders one of the senior medical personel at Mzuzu Central Hospital who is also district chairperson on Covid-19, Dr John Chipolombwe said oxygen is a drug on its own hence needs to be available at the health facility at all the times.
“Even without Covid-19 we need the oxygen and other equipment which may help in our service delivery of serving human life, so the oxygen cylinders will greatly assist in easing the shortage of oxygen at our facility since we still don’t have a facility to manufacture oxygen from within,”
The donation is worth about 2 million kwacha.