AFRICA/MALAWI - Donation from the Montfort Missionaries for the benefit of patients affected by Covid-19 in Malawi

Saturday, 20 February 2021 coronavirus   missionary institutes   healthcare   local churches  

Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) - "As Church, we could not leave government alone but join hands to help especially those suffering from Covid-19", he says. Mgr. Boniface Tamanimì, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Blantyre, in Malawi, welcoming the humanitarian aid donated by the Dutch region of the Montfort Missionaries. The latter responded to the appeal launched by His Exc. Bishop Thomas Luke Msusa, Archbishop of Blantyre and Chairman of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, regarding the urgent sending of aid to the health facilities of the country to deal with the pandemic.
"We may not have the resources but what is important is to do our best and also cry out to whoever has capacity to help us so that we can reach out to many others suffering silently in their homes", emphasizes Mgr. Tamanimì, who adds that "some people are sent back home by staff in hospitals because they are overwhelmed by the large number of cases to be treated". "Government and private hospitals and everybody need to work together in the fight against this pandemic", notes the Auxiliary Bishop of Blantyre.
In thanking the donors, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Nguludi Mission Hospital, Dr. Fabiano Makolija, stressed the relevance of the aid. "We need equipment to treat Covid-19 patients who need special care. We have lost some people who suffered from Covid-19 for lack of appropriate equipment, so we believe this equipment will help to treat Covid-19 patients better and save lives".
Aids include oxygen concentrators, patient monitors, Oxygen flow meters, gluco-meters, nebulizers, ICU beds, oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders with gas, Coveralls, N95 masks, adjustable beds.
Blantyre Archdiocese had also set aside Nguludi Mission Hospital to be a treatment centre for priests, nuns and the laity and currently has treated over four priests, five nuns and several people regardless of their religion. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 20/2/2021)