The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) through the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) worth 295 million Malawi Kwacha to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The handover ceremony of the donated items took place yesterday at Capitol Hill in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe.
The items were officially handed over to the Ministry of Health by KSA’s Deputy Ambassador based in Nairobi, Kenya, His Excellency Mr Nasser Mohammed Al, Faidi who was accompanied by the National Chairman of the Muslim Association of Malawi Sheikh Idrissah Muhammad.
Speaking during the function, Deputy Minister of Health Chrissie Kalamula Kanyaso commended the Government of Saudi Arabia for the support.
“Today and as a testimony to the continued inflow of support, we have a response to the same call of the Government of Saudi Arabia through a donation of PPEs. On behalf of the Government and People of Malawi, I thank the Government and People of Saudi Arabia for their love and this timely donation,” she said.
Kanyaso said the donation will go a long way in assisting the Government to provide protection for health workers in the various districts of Malawi.
“On behalf of the Government and People of Malawi, I ask you Sir to convey my sincere gratitude to the Government and People of Saudi Arabia for the consideration and this noble gesture that comes out of sheer generosity when all countries are facing hardships of one form or the other. We the people of Malawi do not take this for granted. The donation will contribute to the strengthening of preventive measures against COVID 19 in the health facilities so that patients continue to get health care,” she said.
In his remarks, Sheikh Dr Shuaib Mzoma who is the Personal Assistant of MAM National Chairman expressed his happiness for the donation. Sheikh Dr Mzoma said MAM is optimistic that the Government of Saudi Arabia will do several developments in Malawi.
The donated items are 950,000 examination gloves, 1,230,250 surgical masks, 188,000 protective masks and 150,000 surgical gowns.