Covid-19: AKDN donates PPE, medical tools worth 60m/- to Mwanza Region

29May 2020
The Guardian
Covid-19: AKDN donates PPE, medical tools worth 60m/- to Mwanza Region

​​​​​​​AGA KHAN Development Network (AKDN) with support from Global Affairs Canada has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other medical tools worth 60m/- to Mwanza Region to support the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

The equipment which were handed over to Mwanza Regional Commissioner John Mongella include 150 sets of heavy duty PPEs, 750 pairs of N95 face masks, bottles of sanitisers, 6000 pairs of gloves, 198 megaphones, 15000 examination gloves, 300 pairs of surgical gloves, 75 litres of sanitisers and chlorine tablets.

The donation was provided under the IMPACT project of the Mwanza Region.

Speaking during the event, project manager Edna Selestine from AKDN acknowledged that health workers are working under hard and risky circumstances saving lives with passion, and professionalism as doctors, and even risking their lives in order to save and protect the lives of many Tanzanians.

According to her, through the IMPACT project, Global Affairs Canada approved 572.3m/- for the procurement of medical equipment, working tools as well as training to health service providers on the Covid-19.

Others are 30 beds and mattresses, 717 special bags for health service providers at community level.

Speaking soon after receiving the equipment, RC Mongella thanked all stakeholders for supporting the government's efforts to combat corona virus disease.

He called on other stakeholders to extend their support to compliment the government's efforts towards containing the spread of the infection in the region and the country at large.

"We appreciate all contribution given by stakeholders and companies saying that the donation is highly needed this time when the country is struggling," she said.

According to him, ten beds and mattresses will be sent to Butimba hospital. Ten others will be directed to Nyehuinge hospital and the remaining ones be sent at Isanzu hospital.

Mongella reminded the public to continue adhering to the government directives on protective measures against the virus such as frequent hand washing, sanitising, observing social distancing and wearing face masks. He also reminded them to continue taking herbal remedies as well as steam inhalation.

For his part, Ilemela District Commissioner John Wanga commended AKDN and the stakeholders while urging parents to ensure that their children who are expecting to resume schools on June 1, have enough face masks for protection.

Dr Thomas Rutanchuzibwa, Regional Medical Officer (RMO) said the Covid-19 cases in the region have declined significantly calling on the public to continue taking precaution measures.

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