The Islamic Benefit Trust has donated essential cholera medical supplies worth K3.5 million to Lilongwe District Health Office (DHO).
Speaking during the event at Bwaila District Hospital on Saturday, Islamic Benefit Trust chairperson Ashraf Patel said the fight against the cholera outbreak can be won though collaboration.
Mvula (L) receives the items from Patel
He said: “We have decided to help government fight cholera after seeing that hospitals are overwhelmed with patients.
“We mobilised resources and bought medical supplies to contribute towards the cholera fight.”
Lilongwe district health promotion officer Richard Mvula thanked the trust for the assistance, saying most health facilities were overwhelmed with cholera cases.
“Cholera is a contagious disease. Since the outbreak in March last year, the numbers continue to rise. We receive more than 100 new cases every day in our health facilities,” he said.
Mvula said health facilities are running out of medical supplies.
“That is why we commend partners such as the Islamic Benefit Trust for helping us with supplies,” he said.
The items included oral rehydration salts, chlorine, ringer lactate serum and personal protective equipment such as gumboots and gloves.
As of Sunday, Lilongwe had cumulatively registered 3 472 cholera cases and 226 deaths.
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