The Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL), Malawi’s major fuel importer has donated medical equipment to Blantyre District Health Office worth K2.2 Million to fight against the spread of Covid-19.
The donation is a consolidated contribution towards the country’s preventive measures against Covid-19 by PIL and its shareholders; Puma, Petroda, Vivo and Total.
“PIL is pleased to collaborate with the government in improving and promoting the health and well-being of the people of Malawi.
” We believe that deeper cooperation between the private sector and government would result in improvement of the healthcare.
“Today, our donation comes at a time when the world has been attacked by Covid-19 which has killed many people across the globe,” said Martin Msimuko, PIL’s General Manager.
Msimuko added that PIL together with its stakeholders will make a series of similar donations in all regions of the country to improve prevention of the virus.
“PIL in collaboration with our shareholders, we thought it wise to contribute towards our countries preventive measures against the deadly virus.
As such we will make similar gestures in all the regions of Malawi to ensure that hospitals and all health centres are well looked after,” he said.
Receiving the equipment Dr. Gift Kawalazira, Director of Health and Social services at Blantyre District Council urged people to adhere to preventive measures.
“What is required to prevent the spread of the disease are basic hygiene practices; washing hands and staying at home whenever one has influenza symptoms.
Therefore, it is of great importance to take the preventive measures seriously,” said Dr. Kawalazira.
Kawalazira expressed gratitude to PIL and its shareholders saying the equipment will go a long way.
“We are very grateful for this timely donation; the buckets will improve hygiene in different health centres.
The oxygen concentrator helps to support breathing to a patient which has respiratory diseases including Covid-19,” added Kawalazira.
Through the donation, the importer made a consignment of medical items that includes 20 buckets 20 litres, 20 Hand washing basin, 20 buckets 60 litres, 100 masks and 1 oxygen concentrator 10 litres.