The Arab Republic of Egypt on Tuesday donated to Mzuzu Central ophthalmology equipment worth MK60 million as a way of supporting Malawi Government’s bid of ensuring that the country’s health facilities have modern equipment.
Handing over the equipment at the hospital, Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy, said there is need for African Countries to cooperate in the area of health to curb the spread of disease outbreaks like Ebola which has ravaged some parts of West Africa.
“From the Egyptian side, we do not take this as a donation, but this is a sign of good cooperation that exists between the two countries, thus Egypt and Malawi. We are going to continue doing this from time to time,” said El-Adawy.
The Egyptian Ambassador said his government was also willing to assist the Malawi Government in the area of capacity building and training of its medical personnel.
According to El-Adawy, apart from the ophthalmology equipment that his government has donated to Mzuzu Central Hospital, it has also donated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Equipment to Zomba Central Hospital.
He also disclosed that the Egyptian Government will assist the Malawi Government, through the Ministry of Health, to establish the first ever cardiology department in the country.
Minister of Health, Dr. Jean Kalilani, received the donation on behalf of Malawi Government. She said the equipment will ease problems of diagnosis and surgery for some eye conditions the hospital has been facing.
“Sight is one of the most important aspects of life. Without sight, we lose out in many things in life. Therefore, the equipment that we are receiving today shall improve the quality of life for many people in Malawi,” said the minister.
She, therefore, assured the Egyptian Government the equipment will be put to good use and well taken care of so that it is used for a long period.
Mzuzu Central Hospital opened in the year 2000 and is currently serving a catchment area with two million people.