Health minister Khumbize Kandodo-Chiponda has issued a stern warning that investigations will be instituted to establish the truth on allegations of theft of medical resources deployed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking in Lilongwe on Thursday, Kandodo-Chiponda said that the ministry has received reports of alleged theft of apparatus such as oxygen cylinders.
The Minister said anyone found to have been involved in the alleged theft will be brought to book.
“It is very unfortunate that some people have reached this far. The country is in a crisis struggling for resources to deal with the pandemic,” lamented the health minister.
She, however, assured that those caught on the wrong side of the law will be dealt with accordingly.
Chiponda sounded the warning when her ministry received a donation of Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) from Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA).
After receiving the donation the minister hailed MERA for the gesture saying the equipment has come at the right time when the country is need of more of such items to help fight the pandemic.
MERA has donated over 200 oxygen cylinders, ventilators and face masks.
Speaking after presentation MERA Spokesperson Fitina Khonje said the gesture is in response to an appeal made by President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.
“For the country’s economy to run we need to join hands to fight this enemy which is in our midst. The president made a call for help so we were compelled to come forward with the least we could afford,” said Khonje.
According to Khonje, the donation has been provided with support from Chinese government.