The Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has swiftly moved in to support government in fighting against the rapid spread of the COVID-19 by supporting with items worth over 1 billion Kwacha.
President Lazarus Chakwera sounded an SOS on Tuesday following a surge in the number of infections across the country.
Presiding over the launch of materials to help in the fight against the further spread of COVID-19, minister of health Khumbize Kandodo hailed the Malawi Red Cross Society for supporting the ministry of help at this juncture.
“The donation from MRCS today is another milestone that Malawi Government has partners who are ready to support in the cause of combating the Covid-19 pandemic in Malawi,” said Kandodo.
The donated items include face masks, community tanks, buckets with taps, examination gloves, disposable aprons, shelter tool kits, blankets and bars of soap and many others.
The Society came up with a project called “Prevent, Control and Contain the COVID 19 Epidemic” in Malawi that is being implemented in partnership with Danish Red Cross and with funding from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection DG (ECHO).
This project aims at equipping the health facilities, schools and other public places with prevention materials to support prevention, controlling and containing the spread of COVID 19 Pandemic in the country.
The minister acknowledged that trends in the past few days had indicated that the COVID-19 cases are escalating at a very alarming rate and arresting further spread must be a shared goal.
She observed that the Covid – 19 pandemic is exerting pressure on the national purse.
“The fact that the Malawi Red Cross Society managed to mobilise a resource pool of over a billion kwacha for the project to assist in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic is highly commendable. These types of efforts and interventions are assisting the Government to provide resources for the fight,” she added.
Kandodo emphasized the need for healthcare workers to ensure prudence in the use of these resources.
In his remarks, President of the MRCS Innocent Majiya said apart from the distribution of these items his organisation is also working with the ministry in other areas to arrest the further spread of COVID-19.
“In addition, we are also working on provision of Emergency treatment units, supporting screening
and surveillance, conducting community mobilization through awareness campaigns on COVID 19 prevention, promoting hand washing with soap door to door visits and use of Van publicity,” he said.
The Red Cross boss also hailed frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 for their selflessness and dedication.