In a bid to further support government’s calls to corporates to assist in the fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic, the NICO Group, in conjunction with the Sanlam Group, has donated hospital equipment to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), Mzuzu Central Hospital (MCH) and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) worth K44 million through the Ministry of Health.
This follows several Covid-19 drives that NICO has been a part of since May 2020, when the group joined the Private Sector Response Initiative.
The donation is in line with NICO values, which are big on possibilities.
According to NICO Group Managing Director, Vizenge Kumwenda, the group still sees the need to support more hospitals during the pandemic.
“As concerned and responsive corporate citizens, NICO and Sanlam felt it necessary to continue stepping in and supporting the Government in fight against Covid-19 and to improve the health facilities,” Kumwenda said.
He added that the company is continuing with giving out food items to identified vulnerable families.
“A few more families in Lilongwe are being handed these food packs tomorrow by the NICO team. We have been running a Covid awareness campaign to promote awareness of the prescribed prevention measures as outlined by Government through various media channels and on our social media page,” Kumwenda added.
The items donated are 20 bedside trolleys to KCH an MCH; Oxygen units to KCH and MCH and PPE’s to KCH, MCH and QECH, bringing the money spent by NICO Group and its partners towards the pandemic, to date, to K90 million.
Director of Health Services at KCH, Dr Jonathan Ngoma, expressed his gratitude for the donation.
“It is very heartwarming to see just how much the private sector has helped us during this pandemic. We thank NICO Group and its partners for this donation which will assist us in this fight,” Ngoma said.
NICO is committed to playing its role in the Covid-19 fight and believes that in unity, there is a greater chance in defeating the pandemic.