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Malawi’s Zomba Diocese Inaugurates COVID-19 Isolation Centre after Renovations

The COVID-19 Isolation Centre at the Pirimiti Hospital of Malawi’s Zomba Diocese of Diocese inaugurated Thursday, September 3.

The COVID-19 Isolation Centre at the Pirimiti Hospital of Malawi’s Zomba Diocese of Diocese has been inaugurated after renovations realized through a partnership with Save the Children, the UK-based independent organization for children.

Alongside other unnamed partners, Save the Children facilitated the refurbishment of the Isolation Centre, the drilling of a borehole and the erection of a water tank at the Diocesan Health facility to a tune of 30 million Malawi kwacha (US$40,000.00), the leadership of the Diocese disclosed in a report published Thursday, September 3.

“Initially, the hospital did not have any place where it could put COVID-19 patients, but the refurbishment of this Isolation Centre has bailed us out. This Centre will help COVID-19 patients receive proper care and support in times of need,” Bishop George Desmond Tambala of Zomba Diocese has been quoted as saying Thursday, September 3 during the official inauguration of the Health Centre.

Bishop Tambala added, “After the pandemic, the hospital will still be using the Centre because we need more space to accommodate patients with different diseases.”

He expressed his appreciation to the management of Save the Children Malawi for the partnership in the project saying, “We thank Save the Children and all other Partners who have contributed towards the refurbishment of the Centre.” 

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The 51-year-old Prelate, a member of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, also appealed to other well-wishers to come on board and assist in equipping the health facility to function optimally.

He urged Pirimiti Hospital Management and Staff to continue taking good care of the facility for posterity.

Malawi has recorded 5,579 cases of the coronavirus disease among them 3,500 recoveries and 175 related deaths.

Speaking during the September 3 inauguration of the Isolation Centre, the Country Director of Save the Children Malawi, Kim Koch “appreciated the role faith-based institutions play to support the Government in the provision of quality health-care services in the country.” 

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“Though COVID-19 cases are dropping in the country, we still need to continue adhering to the preventive measures and create space as Isolation Wards,” Koch added.

Even though the organization is child-centred, Koch said, “Save the Children also works with partners like Churches to address a number of issues such as COVID-19 pandemic.”

According to Koch, Save the Children that has been working in Malawi for over 3 decades is also distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and infection prevention materials.

The Country Director also said that her organization is working with Community-based Victim Support Units to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) which is reported to be on the increase amid COVID-19 restrictions.

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The organization is currently operating in 25 out of 29 districts, covering all regions in Malawi. The core programming areas are Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Education and Child Development, Child Protection and Child Rights Governance, Food and Livelihoods Security, Social Protection and Emergency Response.