College of Medicine has donated 700 beds and 700 mattresses to be used by COVID-19 patients admitted to two of the country’s major referral hospitals.
The beds and mattresses will be deployed to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre and Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe respectively.
This is in response to the call made by President Lazarus Chakwera in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases which has resulted in the increased demand for beds.
Speaking during the handover ceremony of the beds and mattresses at the BICC in Lilongwe today, Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said the assistance comes timely, when the demand is high.
She described the gesture as a huge milestone in the fight against the pandemic.
Said the minister:
The donation is timely as it has come at a time when the government has rolled up the field hospital initiative. This will go a long way in building our resilience in the fight against the COVID-19.
College of Medicine Acting Principal Professor Mac Mallewa said the institution will continue assisting the ministry in the fight against the pandemic in different ways.
You can be assured that we are in this together.
The beds have been donated to the College of Medicine through the Malawi Health Care Support in the UK with support from Medstrom Healthcare UK.