NOCMA join Covid – 19 fight by supporting Luanar covid – 19 testing centre
By Malawi Exclusive Business
National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) Deputy Chief Executive officer Hellen Buluma has appealed to Malawians to help the Covid – 19 fight.
Buluma was speaking at Luanar Campus during the commissioning of the Luanar Covid -19 testing centre.
Buluma said everyone is aware that Covid-19 is a global pandemic that has spared no single country in the world Malawi is inclusive.
Nocma has supported Luanar covid – 19 centre with K10 Million.
She said the devastating effect of this pandemic on our health systems, national economy and individual livelihoods is enormous; thus requiring concerted efforts from various stakeholders to pull together of resources and capacity in response to the pandemic.
She said it is in recognition to this need for a multi – pronged and concerted approach to addressing covid-19 that NOCMA stepped in to provide financial support towards the operationalisation of this Covid-19 testing.
“Although our main business it to import fuel and ensure fuel security of supply for Malawi; We at NOCMA are very happy to be part of the National response towards addressing Covid-19 and its effects on our society and let me also take this opportunity to call upon other companies and institutions to step out and support the National response towards Covid-19. As a country, we can win this battle against Covid-19. However, we cannot leave the fight to government alone.” She said.
Minister of Health Jappie Mhango is the one who presided over the ceremony.
In his speech Mhango urged Malawians to adhere to all hygiene practices all times to avoid further spread of the pandemic.
Mhango said the ministry needs more testing centres and he described the event as “another Mile stone in as far fighting the disease is concern,”
“This is a very exciting moment and we are encouraging our fellow educational facilities to do the same since testing is very important for better analysis since this covid -19 requires high and accurate data”
The testing centres are now 15. The partnership is unique with Luanar with a teaching institution.
He specifically recognised Kingdom Kwapata for spearheading the centre.
Commended Luanar for the Human resources as well
He said as institution of high learning they should take the lead.
“Covid 19 is there and it kills because such denial will increase the spread of the virus” He said.
In his speech Luanar Council Chairperson, James Seyani said he is happy that Luanar has joined fight against Covid -19 disease as Malawi continue to battle it out with the disease.
Professor Seyani said Luanar has qualified lecturers and equipment to carry out the tests. He said Luanar has good laboratories as well for the exercise.
“As a University we would also like to assure you that we are doing all we can to ensure that we compliment well efforts and initiatives that are being spearheaded to manage the virus.”
He said Luanar has embraced coordinated approach in managing the virus which he said is in line with motto knowledge innovation and excellence.
Luanar centre has a capacity to test 96 specimen per day which he said is another great news.