Malawi Asian Community spends over K600m for Covid-19 response

Since its formation on March 26, just after President Peter Mutharika declared a State of Disaster on March 20 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Business Community (ABC) Covid-19 Task Force has spent over K600 million towards assisting the government’s preventive response measures.

ABC members and the media pose for a group photograph
ABC chairperson Faizal Aboo
The leaflets that have been distributed nationwide

This was disclosed by the ABC Covid-19 Task Force  chairperson Faizal Aboo at a media briefing at Hotel Victoria in Blantyre where the committee outlined some of the tasks completed, including  equipping the Ministry of Health isolation, quarantine and treatment center at Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) Kameza campus in Blantyre.

The funds for Kameza Covid-19 Isolation Centre were raised by well wishers from the ABC within 72 hours of the budget being received.

Other tasks done, upon request from Blantyre District Health (DHO) whom the task force is closely working with right from the start, include the procurement of ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPEs), whose 100 sets were supplied within 24 hours.

The committee also provided two state-of-the-art ambulances for Blantyre DHO for their response and mobile testing, also as requested.

Also facilitated are medications and the provision of medical personnel as well as identifying a location to be equipped with isolation, quarantine and treatment center in Zomba.

In his presentation of the work done, the grouping’s vice-chairperson, Dr. Parth Patel said other initiatives done include printing 200,000 awareness leaflets that have been distributed nationwide — under the ‘Do The Five’ moto — and electing billboards with the same educational messages in easily visible positions.

Recognizing the swift and well coordinated initiatives done, it pleased the President to appoint one of its members to be part of the 21-member Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, that replaced the Special Cabinet Committee on COVID-19 that was set up on March 7 before the  State of Disaster was declared on March 20.

“The only way to limit the impact is to work together and ABC intends to provide all the support possible,” aid Patel, a medical doctor by profession..

The ABC Covid-19 Task Force’s participating organisations are: Anjuman Himayatul Islam Zomba; Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Temple Limbe; Bilal Trust; Blantyre Muslim Jamaat; Limbe Muslim Jamaat; Malawi Telugu Association; Pakistan Welfare Association; Shree Hindu Seva Mandal, Blantyre; Sikh Association Sri Lankan Association and Asian Muslim Relief Aid.

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Gee
Gee
9 months ago

I don’t trust Indians (amwenye)

Gee is an idiot
Gee is an idiot
9 months ago
Reply to  Gee

You dont trust them but they are doing more than you and any malawian, show me one malawian community that has donnated what they have?? Palibe, all the govt ambulances busy carrying matola, maybe you also hike with them? U need a slap to see the reality… mwenyes are bad but when in need they support unlike mbuli ngati uwe!!

have u even put 60 kwacha towards fighting Corona? I didnt think so too…. im certain u are a maskini!! always expecting handouts? chitsiru.. mutu ngati corona virus!!

kuluma ngati njuchi
kuluma ngati njuchi
9 months ago
Reply to  Gee

It’s ok. You get a pat on the back well done. Bravo.

Ammweye
Ammweye
9 months ago
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Chitsiru

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