Member of Parliament (MP) for Thyolo Central, Ben Phiri Friday donated disinfection Chamber to Thyolo District Hospital as a measure to control the spread of Coronavirus which has already affected other districts in the country.
The Chamber will be placed at a major entry point of the hospital where anyone accessing the hospital premise will be required to pass through it and shall disinfected the whole body and eventually leave no room for survival of Coronavirus.
Speaking during the handover, he said he has decided to donate the machine as one way of adding another means for Covid-19 prevention apart from usual hand washing.
Phiri, who is Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, said, “I have done this donation as an MP of where this hospital is located and above all as a human being who is very much concerned with the pandemic.
“As people already know that until now there is no scientific solution for the virus. This virus is real and people should not take it lightly as you can see how others are politicizing it by saying in Malawi we don’t have Coronavirus,” he said.
The MP said it was sad that others are still not believing that the country has Coronavirus for reasons best known by them, wondering that worldwide countries have this virus and why not Malawi despite all it’s neighbouring countries being affected by the pandemic.
Phiri cautioned those who are yet to believe the existence of the virus in the country to think twice as the virus is not sparing anybody once spread in a particular area.
“The machine has been donated as part of prevention measure. The machine is worth K800, 000 and is being manufactured by Master products.
Thyolo District Director of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Dr Arnold Jumbe said the donation of the disinfection chamber has added morale of COVID-19 prevention at the hospital saying more preventive measures were needed at the hospital and Thyolo at large as district.
He said what Thyolo Central MP had done was a clear indication that he cares for people from his constituency and all those who would be protected by the new machine.
“Let me commend the MP who is also the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development for this kind gesture he has shown to the health sector. This is not a mean achievement in as far as health delivery is concerned.
“On behalf of all workers here, I would like to thank him and should continue doing so where the need arises. We will take care of this machine so that it can take longer and more people should benefit from it,” Jumbe added.