The Catholic Development Commission in Malawi CADECOM which is the developmental arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to Mtengowanthenga and Madisi Mission Hospitals to fight Covid-19 pandemic.
During the handover ceremony, the National CADECOM Coordinator Mr Chimwemwe Phiri said that frontline heath workers need to be provided with PPEs because they are at high risk of contracting the virus.
“The donation is coming with the background that we are now in a global crisis. This pandemic has hit many countries including Malawi, and so we decided to assist our Catholic health centres with these items,” he said.
Meanwhile, the person in charge of Mtengowanthenga Mission Hospital Sr. Dr. Eva Kangaude expressed gratitude saying that the donation has increased hope and confidence of health workers in their line of duty.
“I was very happy when I heard that CADECOM is coming here to donate Personal Protective equipment. With these, we have gotten the courage to work without fear of contacting the virus,” she said.
Rev. Fr Henry Zulu who is Director of Social Development in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe also commended the Australian government for the support.
The Australian government through Caritas Australia supported CADECOM in purchasing the PPE’s valued at 10,933 United States dollars (8.2 million Malawi Kwacha).