Covid patients are ‘suffocating’ as Kasungu hospital runs out of oxygen

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In this photo a man wears a plastic bag for a mask on his face as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus, in Katl

KASUNGU (MalawiTalk)-  Kasungu district hospital is fast running out of oxygen cylinders, threatening lives of covid-19 patients.

Spokesperson for Kasungu District Health Office, Ms Catherine Yoweli, has confirmed the facility is stuck with two empty oxygen cylinders at the moment when Covid-19 cases are rising in the district.

“All emergency cases requiring oxygen would have be referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe,” she says.

Only days ago, a nurse diagnosed with Covid-19 died in transit to Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe about 130 kilometers away, as she could not be provided the life supporting assistance in Kasungu.

People who originate from Kasungu have since launched a social media campaign to raise funds to buy oxygen cylinders for the hospitals.

Deputy speaker of parliament and covid-19 survivor Mr Madalitso Kazombo is leading the initiative.

“We want to raise  three to 10 million Kwacha to procure fifteen oxygen cylinders and other PPEs to equip our referral facility,” said Kazombo, MP for Kasungu East.

As of today, Kasungu district has 132 confirmed Covid-19 cases,  75 of which are active. There have been two deaths.

Kasungu District Hospital has a catchment of not less than 900,000 people.

In this photo a man wears a plastic bag for a mask on his face as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.- photo © AP

 

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