LILONGWE, 15 January 2021 – Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera is seeking $220 million in funding to fight the new coronavirus pandemic in his country.
The full appeal is posted on the Malawi government Facebook page.
In an interview Friday, Chakwera highlighted the three biggest needs of his country.
“We have three critical needs, a shortage of space so we can admit the critically sick, shortage of medical supplies to treat them, as well as shortage of personal protective equipment for health workers,” Chakwera told the BBC in a radio interview.
“This has been a shocking dark moment for the nation,” Chakwera said referring to the deaths of two of his ministers over a 24-hour period Wednesday from complications from their COVID-19 infections.
Chakwera says the funds are needed to upgrade more than 200 treatment centers across the country.
They include hospitals and laboratories which need more modern testing and treatment equipment.
“This is truly something we need yesterday,” Chakwera told the BBC.
The Malawian leader has pledged that every penny raised will be put to good use and accounted for, with anyone responsible for misuse punished adequately.
Malawi has recorded 9,991 COVID-19 cases with 275 deaths and 5,866 full recoveries, according to online data published by Africa Centers for Disease Control and Johns Hopkins Hospital.