The US government, through its development arm, USAID, has made an effort to provide quality care to health workers who contract the coronavirus in the line of duty at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe.
The agency has temporarily repurposed a new facility at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe as a COVID-19 ward for healthcare workers with severe COVID-19.
In a communication posted on the US Embassy Lilongwe, the US government said the facility has 12 beds and 4 of them are equipped with High Dependency equipment.
This includes 5 oxygen cylinders.
The increased COVID-19 cases mean that the Ministry of Health needs to repurpose some of its existing healthcare facilities into temporary COVID-19 treatment centers.
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USAID’s ONSE activity’s new Family Health Unit helps fill this urgent need.
In partnership with the Director of Health and Social Services for Lilongwe, ONSE staff have ensured that the infrastructure and the functional layout of the converted space is in line with the required COVID-19 infection-control protocols.
USAID’s ONSE activity is a five-year, US $97 million project that focuses on improving maternal, newborn, and child health across Malawi.