Lives of patients requiring oxygen could be saved at the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe following the official opening of a gas plant at the facility on Thursday. Health Minister, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, who presided over the official opening, indicated the plant has the capacity to fill over 20 cylinders within 24 hours. The gas plant is located in the isolation side of the hospital. Germany Ambassador to Malawi Ralph Timmermann said the gas plant would help in saving lives of not only COVID-19 patients requiring oxygen. He further announced a donation of 12 Million Euros from the Germany government expected to help in the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns across the country.
Health practitioners are blaming the continued absence of CT Scan equipment at the Kamuzu Central Hospital – KCH for the ineffective radiological diagnosis of various complicated health conditions. For close to two years now, the referral facility has been operating without the vital piece of equipment, a situation that forces local surgeons to seek such services from private health facilities. CT scans are mainly used to make medical analysis of conditions in the brains and other very internal organs that require high resolution scanning systems to determine. one of the surgeons at KCH, Natasha Ngwira Chafuwa, makes a disparate call to the authorities to resolve the matter as a means to saving lives.