Nkhata Bay district director of health and social services, Mwatikonda Mbendera, says they need K52 million to repair the oxygen plant at the district hospital.
He said this on Saturday after receiving medical supplies from the Nkhata Bay Covid-19 Initiative.
Mbendera said: “The factory is producing half the capacity. It now takes 10 hours to fill a cylinder. Previously, it took six hours to fill a cylinder.
“We informed the government about the problem and hope it will be repaired soon.”
He also said that the plant takes a long time to achieve oxygen purity.
“Therefore, the price we got for maintenance was around K52 million,” said Mbendera.
Ironically, on January 31 of this year, President Lazarus Chakwera said that the oxygen plants at Kamuzu Central Hospital and Nkhata Bay District Hospital were repaired.
In a separate interview, Ministry of Health spokesman Joshua Malango said that engineers recently worked on the machine, but asked for more time to check the situation.
Meanwhile, the Nkhata Bay Covid-19 Initiative donated seven flow meters and humidifiers to the district hospital.
In turn, the initiative’s president, Priscilla Nkhoma, said she donated the items at the hospital’s request.
“I also want to thank the Concerned Private Citizens who donated two cylinders, two flow meters, a pulse oximeter and drip holders,” she said.
The items cost K1.8 million.