By Draxon Maloya
In response to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the country’s institutions of higher learning, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) has produced a hand sanitizer and face masks which are aimed at helping vulnerable communities.
Mzuni’s vice Chancellor, Kalenga John Saka disclosed this on Tuesday when the institution donated the products to Mzuzu City Council, Mzuzu Prison and the Victim Support Unit of Mzuzu Police station.
Saka said the Mzuni’s faculty of Biology, Chemistry Sciences and Innovations only needs support in the production of intended 6 000 bottles sanitizers and face masks which vulnerable communities will benefit from.
“As an institution which trains human capital in various disciplines, we have come up with a quality formulation based in World Health Organizations (WHO) and Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) under the guidance of our university’s ’Covid-19 task force, so this is one of our strategies in the fight on behalf of the country,
“We need support because what we have produced comes from our small budget as a university but we realise the need is just so huge, we need to support the human capital and we start with the community we live in which is Mzuzu at the moment,” Saka said
Speaking after receding the donation, the Mzuzu city Mayor, Kondwani Bright Nyasulu commended the innovative works taking place at Mzuni saying the initiative shall go a long way in supporting vulnerable communities.
“Mzuzu University must be commended for coming up with this product which has factor in very well with our plans at this time as we fight against Coviid-19” Nyasulu said.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed covid-19 cases in the country has now risen from 17 to 18, with the latest being recorded in Lilongwe.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of health Dr. Dan Namarika says the person recently travelled to Tanzania, a country which has registered over 250 covid-19 cases and 10 deaths.