IK Charitable Trust donates 20 oxygen cylinders to Chadiza
By Daniel Bili, ZANIS in Chadiza District, Eastern Province, Zambia
IK CHARITABLE Trust of Lusaka has donated twenty (20) oxygen cylinders to Chadiza District Hospital in the Eastern Province in aid the fight against Covid-19.
The stakeholders of the District Multisectoral Team (DMT) welcomed the donation by IK Charitable trust calling it timely.
Chadiza Bargain Centre proprietor Javid Munshi handed over the donation to Chadiza District Hospital on behalf of IK Charitable Trust.
Mr. Munshi said the oxygen cylinders have been donated as part of treatment in the management of Covid -19 patients.
“The hospital management must ensure that the oxygen cylinders are well utilised, and promise that once oxygen runs out, IK Charitable Trust will bear the cost and refill all the twenty cylinders,”assured Munshi.
And receiving the donation on behalf of Chadiza District Hospital, Chadiza District Health Director Webby Chisala called the gesture as timely as the district only had four oxygen cylinders.
Dr Chisala regretted recording 14 Coronavirus (Covid 19) related deaths due to lack of oxygen in the Covid Isolation Centers.
“The patients that are dying in our facilities, most of them are just to do with issues of oxygen. As a district we only had four oxygen cylinders, so now with these items that have come to our district we expect to have an improvement in service delivery with regards to Covid 19 patients,” acknowledged Dr. Chisala.
Meanwhile, Chadiza District Commissioner George Phiri equally thanked IK Charitable trust for the donation of oxygen cylinders to the district.
Mr. Phiri said that the district had only four oxygen cylinders that at some point there were eighteen patients needing oxygen support and as a result some succumbed to Covid 19 due to low circulation of oxygen.
“You can imagine if we had received these oxygen cylinders earlier, the lives of those who succumbed to Covid 19 could have been saved. Most are times when people say that when you are put on oxygen then you are going to die, oxygen is part of supplementing treatment,” Phiri said.
Phiri explained that out of the 1,201 people who were vaccinated none had died.