Zomba, September 23, Mana: Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) Coordinator for Zomba, Owen Kanongoneza, has expressed appreciation on how difficult it is for institutions such as prisons to stock Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) considering the number of inmates they handle.
He was speaking Wednesday when MRCS donated PPEs to Zomba Maximum Prison as one way of supporting the prison in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“Cases of COVID-19 have been growing so badly in prisons and when they called for support, MRCS did not hesitate to assist.
“We are sure these PPEs will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges Zomba Prison is facing,” said Kanongoneza.
Some of the items donated include 3,000 facemasks, 1,000 face shields and 500 hand-washing soap, 50 liters of sanitizer and hygiene kits for both women and men.
MRCS also donated plastic buckets, sprayers and 100 blankets as well as 100 sleeping mats.
Speaking after receiving the donation, Superintendent Yasin Chaoneka, expressed gratitude to MRCS for the support, saying Zomba Prison being a COVID-19 Isolation Centre for prisons in the Eastern Region experienced a surge in COVID-19 positive cases, a situation that required support from partners.
“Each time we run out of stock, we rushed to Zomba District Health Office for support. The donation is, therefore, timely and will contribute a lot to the fight against the pandemic,” Chaoneka said.
Apart from Zomba Prison, MRCS also donated PPEs to Zomba General Hospital and Zomba District Health Office.