Malawi’s newest Covid-19 testing centre operating at Bunda campus of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) was launched on Thursday, June 11, with NOCMA Deputy chief executive officer Helen Buluma calling on more players in the corporate world to join the fight against the pandemic.

NOCMA co-financed the testing centre project to the tune of ten million kwacha.

In her remarks, Ms Buluma noted that the fight against Covid-19 needed concerted efforts.

NOCMA Deputy CEO, Ms Helen Buluma speaks at the launch of the Covid-19 testing centre

‘As a country, we can win this battle against Covid-19. However, we cannot leave the fight to government alone,’ Buluma said in her speech.

Coordinator of the project Dr Kingdom Kwapata said the centre could run up to 96 tests in a day.

Minister of Health and Population Honourable Jappie Mhango presided over the launch of the testing centre.

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In May this year, we donated MK10, 000, 000.00 (ten million kwacha) to Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR0 to help in national surveillance and testing of Covid-19.

The funds were aimed at helping LUANAR use its biotechnology laboratory as a Covid-19 testing centre.

The ten million kwacha from NOCMA went towards LUANAR’s eighteen million kwacha budget to enable the institution turn the laboratory into a Covid-19 testing centre.

As NOCMA, we are concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on the country’s economy and development. For this reason, we decided to respond to LUANAR’s request for financial assistance to help enhance the national COVID-19 response capacity by enabling the institution run a testing centre.

When we made the donation, it was hoped that more Covid-19 testing centres would help the country in its efforts to arrest the further spread of the pandemic which has claimed many lives globally.

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