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November 30, 2021

BHP donates Oxygen Concentrators and PPE to Princess Marina and Scottish Livingstone Hospital

BHP Deputy CEO, Dr Mompati Mmalane handing over Oxygen Concentrator to Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr Edwin Dikoloti

The Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) has donated 14 Oxygen Concentrators and 200 bunny suits (personal protective clothing) to the country’s largest referral hospital, Princess Marina Hospital (PMH) in Gaborone and Scottish Livingstone Hospital (SLH), a district hospital in Molepolole. The donation was presented to and received by the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Edwin Dikoloti at the Ministry’s Headquarters yesterday, Tuesday 10th May 2021.PMH received 10 Oxygen Concentrators and 100 bunny suits yesterday while SLH has been given four Oxygen Concentrators and 100 bunny suits.

SLH will receive the items today.Presenting the donation at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, BHP Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mompati Mmalane stated that as SARS-CoV-2 is menacingly threatening human existence, the country is in a period of acute need for essential life-saving devices.

“This is a challenge for the health sector as a whole and not the Ministry of Health and Wellness alone. BHP is part of the health sector and thus we are called to action,” said Dr Mmalane. BHP has raised the money through fund raising initiatives to procure these essential devices.

Dr Mmalane highlighted that as the country is faced with the escalating mortality due to the delta variant and overwhelmed hospitals, BHP together with its collaborators at Harvard University in US called for help from whoever could hear their cry.

“Indeed people heard us and we are pleased to be able to assist the government with a few oxygen concentrators which will assist in ambulatory oxygen therapy as there is a dire shortage in capacity for hospital based therapy. This is a drop in the ocean but a drop is better that none at all,” he said. The Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Edwin Dikoloti thanked BHP and its collaborators for the noble gesture and appealed to the general public to also do what they can to assist Government to fight the pandemic and save lives.

Handing over of PPE (Bunny Suits)

“This is not a challenge for the Health Department alone, it is a challenge for all of us and your assistance comes at the right time when we are faced with a critical shortage of equipment and the threat of another wave of the pandemic. This will help us as we need this even for our home based care strategy,” said Minister Dikoloti. Through this donation, BHP was continuing its support in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The institute has lent a helping hand to the Government since the beginning of the pandemic in the form of capacity training for laboratory personnel, sample shipping to South Africa before the country developed capacity for testing, PRC testing for SARS-COV-2 and genomic sequencing of the virus at its laboratory.

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