In a bid to contribute to the ongoing fight against COVID-19 Pandemic, Malawi Congress Party youths in Blantyre have donated face masks to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
The youths drawn from surrounding areas in Blantyre marched in Masauko Chipembere Highway raising the banner on the need to intensify collaborative efforts in the fight against the pandemic.
Zinenani Magola MCP’s youth campaign director in Limbe said their research revealed that some patients or guardians at the referral hospital do not have the capacity to afford surgical masks and even if some have cloth masks they need to wash them at a point in time and having an extra one will help them to avoid contracting the deadly virus.
“We are here in response to the call by President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera that we need to join hands in the fight against the pandemic. As youths this is our contribution in preventing further spread of the virus.
“We know some patients even guardians are in dire need of these masks in other words we want the hospital to give these masks for free to those who can’t afford so that no one is barred from accessing health services,” said Magola.
Administrator for health services at the hospital, Kondwani Chisi, said the donation has come at the right time because some patients and guardians literally come to the hospital with no mask.
“Some patients who seek our services here are not aware of the requirement to wear masks and others can’t afford to buy. This donation is significant in the sense that such kind of patients will be supported and we call upon people of goodwill to emulate this gesture,” said Chisi.
The youths said the donation is just a starter and will scale up their anti COVID-19 activities by reaching out to prisons and health centres across the country.
Currently Malawi has recorded 170 deaths, 3066 recoveries out of 5423 infections’ as of March this year.