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Airtel Malawi donates MK104m towards Covid-19 fight for Ventilators purchase

Phuka receiving a dummy cheque of MK104 million from Kamoto (from left)

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Airtel Malawi Plc on Monday, June 22, 2020 donated MK104m towards the purchase of ventilators in Covid-19 fight.

The development confirms the company’s cordial working relationship with the COVID-19 Presidential taskforce and the Ministry of Health in Malawi.

The support towards the purchase of ventilators will tassist patients and frontline health workers in the battle against COVID-19.

Airtel Managing Director, Charles Kamoto observed that ventilators are essential equipment for patients who need assistance with breathing and are critical aide in assisting patients who may face respiratory challenges.

“Airtel Malawi recognizes that without adequate health equipment, more people will fall ill, reducing the availability of care for patients.

“The ventilators, once purchased by the COVID-19 taskforce, will be officially handed-over by the leading mobile telecom’s provider to a public hospital identified by the taskforce”, says Kamoto.

He added; “Today, we announced our support for Malawi’s COVID-19 response through a contribution of MK104m to go towards the purchase of ventilators for hospitals. Now more than ever, we all need to realize that we are in a period of crisis, and that the health sector and the economy at large, cannot cope alone.

“Now more than ever, the private sector needs to mobilize resources where they can, alongside the government and developmental sector, in order to fight this raging pandemic and reduce its impact”.

Co-Chairperson of the COVID-19 Presidential Taskforce, Dr. John Phuka lauded Airtel for the timely support saying there is still a deficit for Preventive Protective Equipment (PPE)’s and Ventilators required from frontline staff and medical facilities in the country.

“The list of our healthcare requirements is huge, and so this timely support from Airtel demonstrates a real commitment to reduce the gap and support our health facilities and workers in their time of need, who need appropriate medical equipment in their everyday battlesto defeat this pandemic,” said Phuka.

Since March this year, Airtel has rolled out several initiatives to help mitigate the impact of social distancing on its customers during the coronavirus outbreak:

Toll free line 54747 (also known as Chipatala Cha pa Foni) which is run together with the Ministry of Health.

Airtel subscribers can call in to get prevention tips and information on the COVID-19. This service is already live.

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