Pope donates ventilators to Malawi hospital

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A Malawi hospital run by the Catholic Church has been donated a number of ventilators by Pope Francis, to help it deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

The Likuni Mission Hospital is owned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malawi, and lies a short distance away from the country’s capital Lilongwe. It is staffed by the Missionary Sisters of St Francis of Assisi.

But it is believed to be unprepared to deal with the outbreak of Covid-19, which has infected over 5,300 people and killed at least 168 people in what is one of the world’s poorest countries.

With the help of donations pouring in from across the world, the Catholic Church in Malawi has mobilised its network of missionary hospitals to deal with the crisis, and the Pope’s donation to the Likuni Hospital will help boost its capabilities.

The gift was made on behalf of the Pope by Archbishop Gianfanco Gallone, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia. The Archbishop of Lilongwe, Tarcisuis Gervazio Ziyaye, delivered the ventilators to the missionary sisters.

“The Holy Father is indeed concerned about this deadly pandemic which has shaken the whole world,” Archbishop Ziyaye said. “As a token of our gratitude to the Holy Father, let us continue to pray for him.”

The hospital’s administrator, Sr Agnes Lungu, also expressed her gratitude to the Pope.