Malawi Government excited with Malawi Red Cross Society

Government of Malawi has commended Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) for supporting the district’s hospital to turn one of the wards to be Emergency Treatment Unit, saying the initiative will enhance efforts in the fight against COVID -19 pandemic.

Mangochi District Commissioner Dr. Raphael Piringu made the remarks on Friday at the hospital’s premises when MRCS was handing over the facility to Mangochi DHO.

In a bid to help the referral hospital intensify efforts that further fight the COVID – 19, the humanitarian organization with funding from Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI) rehabilitated the ward, formerly a “Tuberculosis Ward” to be an emergency treatment unit.

MRCS in partnership with ATI spent over K44 million for the rehabilitation project that included procurement of other materials such as screens, beds, office furniture, infection prevention materials, oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment (PPEs), among others.

In an interview after the handover ceremony, the DC expressed gratitude with the MRCS, saying the facility is timely rehabilitated because it will augment covid-19 fight, the council and stakeholders are doing.

On behalf of Government, Mangochi District Council and as a District Commissioner, I am very grateful because of the rehabilitation of this facility,” he explained.

Piringu noted that Mangochi has a huge population which requires big and robust health facilities for service delivery, hence, the support by MRCS will ease work of providing services to people in the district.

“Before MRCS intervention, the room was very dilapidated and dirty. It was abandoned as it had no materials for use,” he observed.

Added Piringu: “But now with it being refurbished it will solve the congestion challenge and other puzzles we have been encountering as a district referral health facility,” he added.

To this end, while imploring MRCS to continue doing the good work, the DC asked other stakeholders implementing their projects in the district to emulate the good example by MRCS.

In his official handover remarks, MRCS president, Levison Changole said as an organization that prioritizes good health of people, they thought it wise to renovate part of Mangochi building after receiving the call to assist in provision of emergency treatment units in different places.

Changole said the renovation of the building has also come as one way of assisting Malawi Government in the fight against COVID -19, saying the facility will provide space for COVID -19 case management and health care delivery.

“I am really impressed on the way this facility has been renovated. It is of high standard and the working stations for the health workers is quite commendable,” he said.

Changole further seized an opportunity to thank ATI for the support to renovate the Emergency Treatment Unit, saying their help is of paramount important in the fight against Civid-19.