Puma energises COVID-19 testing centres

Written by  McDonald Chiwayula

Puma Energy has donated litres of fuel and personal protective equipment (PPEs) to College of Medicine (CoM) that is meant to be distributed to the four COVID-19 testing centres in the country.

Davies Lanjesi, MD, Puma Energy Davies Lanjesi, MD, Puma Energy

This follows rigorous testing the country has embarked on and contact tracing by health personnel to ensure the deadly pandemic is contained.


Presenting the dummy cheque and sample PPEs in Blantyre, Managing Director for Puma Energy, Davies Lanjesi, said his company appreciates the role played by CoM in the fight against the pandemic as such they found it imperative to step in and make a difference.


He said COVID-19 has come with its own challenges, paramount being slowing down of business as many countries across the globe went into lockdown including low socio-economic activities on the local market that has had a negative bearing on business in general.


“Currently Malawi and the entire globe is managing the pandemic and as a company we wanted to energise the testing centres by donating fuel worth 5 million to four testing centres and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) because the testing personnel require specialised PPE for them to be protected. This is worth K5 million so a total of K10 million that our company felt we need to contribute towards the fight against the pandemic,” said Lanjesi.


On his part, Dr Mwapatsa Mipando, Principal of CoM, said Puma’s donation is unique and the fuel will ease mobility challenges.


“Our members of staff come early in the morning, they start the testing at six o’clock in the morning and some of the tests are done late in the evening so they need to be transported. At times we run generators when we do not have power so we can release results on time that’s why fuel is key," said Mipando.



Mwapatsa (R) showcasing some of the donated items


He said: “ I should also highlight that in the beginning we were getting a few samples for testing maybe 10 but now the numbers have gone up say this week only we have over 100 samples to be tested. However, we have also standardized our processes and test results are due in just six hours."


Each of the four testing centres has been allocated fuel worth K1, 250,000 and the PPEs include disposable overalls, gloves, washable fabric aprons and plastic aprons.


Malawi on Friday announced 82 positive cases of COVID-19, with 27 recoveries and three deaths.


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